Kevin De Bruyne will ‘have a scan on Monday’ to reveal the extent of his hamstring injury as the Man City midfielder faces missing weeks of Premier League action
- Kevin de Bruyne is facing a lengthy injury lay-off after suffering an injury
- The Manchester City midfielder is set to undergo a scan on Monday
- De Bruyne hobbled off in City’s season-opening win against Burnley
Kevin de Bruyne is reportedly set to undergo a scan on Monday to determine the extent of his latest injury after the midfielder hobbled off in Manchester City’s Premier League opener.
City kickstarted the new season into life with a 3-0 unhinging of Vincent Kompany’s newly-promoted Burnley at Turf Moor, but there was concern for De Bruyne as he was forced off in the first-half.
The Belgian went down in the 23rd minute and had to be replaced by Mateo Kovacic as a suspected recurrence of a hamstring injury ended his first match of the new season prematurely.
City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed after the game it is feared De Bruyne has aggravated the same hamstring injury that ended his participation in the Champions League final and will now undergo a scan on Monday, according to the Athletic.
Speaking after Friday’s victory, Guardiola said: ‘It depends on the magnitude of the injury but he will be out for a few weeks.
Kevin de Bruyne is reportedly set to undergo a scan on a hamstring injury on Monday
The Man City midfielder (middle) hobbled off in City’s opening day victory against Burnley
‘He is down. We have to reflect, talk to the doctors, see what happened. He has to be relaxed, recover and come back.’
The extent of his previous hamstring problem was kept largely quiet as City’s players departed on Treble-winning celebrations and summer holidays after securing European glory in Istanbul.
De Bruyne had suffered a serious hamstring tear and although he didn’t require surgery, needed plenty of rest before returning for pre-season training.
City boss Pep Guardiola has already confirmed he expects De Bruyne to be missing for weeks
The 32-year-old participated in a host of friendly warm-up clashes during City’s pre-season tour, but will now miss weeks of opening Premier League action and could be out for a more significant period of time if scans show the injury is worse than feared.
Guardiola’s early evaluation that De Bruyne will spend weeks on the side-lines would mean he misses Wednesday’s Super Cup final with Sevilla and English top-flight clashes against Newcastle, Sheffield United and West Ham.
Should the Belgian playmaker be ruled out for even longer then he could miss the start of City’s Champions League defence when the competition gets underway in September.
City could have to dip into the transfer market for a replacement midfielder if that is the case with the club still in talks over a move for West Ham’s Lucas Paqueta.
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