Guardiola: De Bruyne out of Manchester Derby

Guardiola: De Bruyne out of Manchester Derby

The Belgian will miss the trip to take on rivals Manchester United in the EFL Cup after suffering a calf injury, while the manager had other updates on Pablo Zabaleta and Vincen.

Manchester City will be without midfielder Kevin De Bruyne for Wednesday’s EFL Cup clash against rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford, Pep Guardiola has confirmed.

Belgium international De Bruyne was substituted at half-time during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Southampton after taking a knock to the calf.

The 25-year-old opened the scoring when City claimed a 2-1 win over United last month but Guardiola told a pre-match news conference he had “no way” of playing in the latest derby showdown.

“He had a knock on the leg and he cannot play,” Guardiola said, before casting doubt on De Bruyne’s participation in City’s matches over the coming week.

“Hopefully [he can face] West Brom and Barcelona [but] he’s a doubt even next weekend.”

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