Manchester City will be without Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus when they face Arsenal on Saturday, however Sergio Aguero could return.
Kevin De Bruyne is set to miss out on a variety of games for Manchester City due to injury, Pep Guardiola revealed on Friday.
Midfield maestro De Bruyne went off in the 2nd half of Belgium’s 2-1 loss to England last weekend and sat out their 2-1 success over Iceland on Wednesday.
Guardiola verified ahead of Saturday’s conference with Arsenal that the 29-year-old is set for a spell on the sidelines, though he was not sure exactly the length of time it will be.
Inquired about the condition of his players after they returned from the international break, Guardiola stated: “Everyone returned a little bit much better than the time prior to, because the previous time [Joao] Cancelo, Bernardo Silva and other were hurt and could not play the start of the season.
” Unfortunately Kevin is out, however the rest they came back well. I do not think [De Bruyne’s injury] is much, but for the next games he will be out.”
The City boss acknowledged that injuries are inescapable with the congested schedule and did not blame the international components for the loss of De Bruyne.
” I never ever complain about the international games.
I know how important it is for the players to play for their nations, it’s an honour and an advantage,” Guardiola stated.
” UEFA and FIFA protect their own tournaments. We constantly desire players to come back healthy but often they can get injured training with us. I am more of the viewpoint that players are hurt because we demand so much of them after hard seasons.
” That’s why there arrives a moment when the body states it’s enough and they decrease hurt.
” Bernardo and the other players, Joao, they could not have a regular pre-season, they were hurt, to get rhythm in these matches benefited them.”
City have been without all-time leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero considering that June due to a knee injury but he might make his first appearance of the season versus Arsenal.
Nevertheless, Gabriel Jesus, who has actually missed out on each of the team’s past four matches, will continue to remain.
” Sergio is training well and we’re happy,” Guardiola said. “Every team needs a striker, and we played without them in the very first days.
He’s been training well and we’re happy to see him back on the pitch after a long, long period of time.
” [Jesus] was hurt. In some muscles you can take a threat and there are others where you can not. He has an injury in the front part of his leg. If there was another event we would lose him for a very long time. I do not know [for how long he will be out]”.
Saturday’s game at the Etihad Arena will see Guardiola take on his former assistant Mikel Arteta, who has actually impressed the Catalan with his work in north London.
” Possibly we should clarify who is the master and who is the apprentice?” said Guardiola.
” We didn’t have any doubts about what he’s carrying out in a short duration. He’s settled really well and the method his team is playing today is ideal for the quality they have.
” He had the ability to get Arsenal back in the position they were a long, long time ago. He’s doing actually well in all competitions and he’s a rival, a fighter, [with] clear things on the pitch.
” All the people who love him are more than happy with what he’s doing in London.”.