Man City Handed De Bruyne Setback, Pep Confirms

Pep Guardiola has conceded that Manchester City are set to be without Kevin De Bruyne “for a while”, but insists a knock picked up by John Stones is “not a big problem”.

The reigning Premier League champions moved back to the top of the table on Saturday with a 1-0 win away at Bournemouth.

Victory was most welcome, but it came at some cost.

De Bruyne was forced off shortly before half-time, before Stones joined him back in the dressing room shortly after the restart.

Guardiola admits that he is set to lose a Belgium international playmaker for a third time this season, but he is confident that an England international defender will return to his plans shortly.

The City boss told BBC Sport: “Vincent Kompany wasn’t 100% and John Stones does not have a big problem, it was a precaution.

“Kevin will be out for a while with a muscular problem, hamstring.”

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