English Premier League (EPL) Manchester City ace Kevin De Bruyne, 32, has once again gone down with a hamstring injury, this time to the extent that he is expected to go under the knife and miss up to four months.
The BBC reported on Man City manager Pep Guardiola’s press conference ahead of the 2023 UEFA Super Cup on Friday evening (June 15). During the press conference, Guardiola addressed the status of Der Bruyne, who was injured in the league opener.
Der Bruyne left the field after 23 minutes of City’s 2022-23 EPL opener against Burnley at Turf Moor on Dec. 12 after suffering a recurrence of a hamstring injury.
Concerns were raised that the injury was in the same area as the UEFA Champions League (UCL) final in June, which Guardiola described as “a serious injury”. “We have to decide whether to operate or not. It will be decided in a few days and he could be out for three to four months.” “His injury is a big loss, he has great quality. But we have to look ahead,” he lamented. 메이저사이트
Der Bruyne was forced to leave the field after 35 minutes of the 2022-23 UCL final against Inter Milan (Italy) in June. He had been substituted in the final against Chelsea two years earlier after a face-to-face clash with Antonio Rüdiger, and this time he collapsed with the trophy in front of him. The consolation was that the team won 1-0 to complete a glorious European treble. “I’ve had a lot of problems with my hamstring in the last two months,” Der Bruyne told local media after the game. It’s something that can’t be helped.”
Nevertheless, Der Bruyne shone in the 2022-23 season with 10 goals and 31 assists in 49 official matches. He was one of the mainstays of the team’s European trek.
However, as he approaches his 30th line, he has been plagued by injuries, both major and minor, each season, the most significant of which was an ankle injury two years ago, and now it appears that a recurring hamstring injury is holding him back. The frequency of his injuries has become increasingly concerning.
Local media have suggested that Phil Foden could fill the void left by De Bruyne. They went on to say that City have not yet pulled out of the transfer market. On the same day, the Daily Mail reported that “City have not finalized a deal for winger Jeremy Dockoo. A deal for former target Lucas Paqueta (West Ham) is also still on the cards.” It will be interesting to see if City can fill the void left by De Bruyne.