Pep Guardiola looks to have suffered a significant blow at Manchester City after Kevin De Bruyne was forced off in the FA Cup semi-final defeat against Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.
Whilst the Spanish manager will undoubtedly be disappointed that his side’s quadruple hopes are now over, he may well be more concerned about his star midfielder, who looked in a lot of pain before being replaced by Phil Foden at Wembley.
Following the game, Guardiola provided an update on the Belgian international, saying:
“He has pain now. Tomorrow he has a test with doctors. Apparently, it doesn’t look good but we will see tomorrow.”
There was no contact between De Bruyne and Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, so there is definitely a reason to be concerned that the City man’s injury could be a significant one.
The Citizens’ hectic schedule between now and the end of the season means that even if the 28-year-old’s injury does only keep him out for a few weeks, then he could miss huge matches against PSG in the Champions League and Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup final.
Given how dominant City have been this season, you could argue that if they only managed to win the Premier League at this point then it would be something of a disappointment, so losing someone as influential as De Bruyne could well define the rest of their campaign.
“We know how special he is. He always finds the right pass at the right time.”
It would be a huge blow for Guardiola to lose one of his star players at this point in the season and he may well be worried that, after a less than inspiring second-half display without him against Chelsea, City could really struggle in their important upcoming fixtures without the influential Belgian.