Kevin De Bruyne Ruled out for Manchester City vs. Leicester, Says Pep Guardiola
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The Belgian playmaker has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since he had to be substituted in City’s 1-0 league win over Tottenham Hotspur on April 20. The Sky Blues have subsequently beaten Manchester United and Burnley to regain the initiative in the title race.
They may have to beat both Leicester and Brighton & Hove Albion without De Bruyne to win the Premier League, as Guardiola could make no assurances he will return before the end of the season. Fernandinho, meanwhile, is also a doubt to face the Foxes:
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PEP 💬 (On @DeBruyneKev) I don’t know (whether he will play again this season) – next Monday he’s not available.
I don’t know (whether @fernandinho is available). I didn’t speak with him. They are still in the gym.
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By the time City face Leicester, they could be back in second in the table, as Liverpool face Newcastle United on Saturday evening. Equally, if the Reds lose to the Magpies, City could clinch the title with a win at the Etihad Stadium.
Leicester are enjoying a fine run of form under manager Brendan Rodgers. They have lost just one of their last seven matches, and striker Jamie Vardy has been in excellent touch in front of goal:
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⚽️ @vardy7 100 league goals for @LCFC
9 goals in 8 PL apps under Brendan Rodgers https://t.co/1znP80DZil
Guardiola is fully aware of the threat posed by Monday’s visitors:
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Pep on @LCFC under Rodgers: “Leicester were a counter attack team. With Brendan Rodgers they have another way to play. They have incredible quality. I saw the last three games and was really impressed.”
City are on a remarkable run of 12 league wins on the bounce, but that could all count for nothing if they do not pick up maximum points against Leicester and then at Brighton on the final day of the season.