Man City's De Bruyne facing 6 weeks out with new knee injury


Kevin De Bruyne will be sidelined for up to six weeks after the Manchester City star suffered knee ligament damage in Thursday's League Cup win against Fulham. "We want him", he told a news conference. Nobody likes to be injured.

Guardiola said: "Always when I see Southampton, with the players they have, it's a surprise they are in the position they are in. The most important thing is he is in really good hands". "It is what it is but fortunately it is not surgery and he will be back".

De Bruyne was making only his second start since a three-month absence following ligament damage to his right knee. He'll recover well. We have an excellent department.

Premier League leaders City host Southampton at 15:00 GMT on Sunday.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says the club will do everything they can to try and convince wonderkid Brahim Diaz to stay at the club.

It's been another busy week here at Manchester City. We will do absolutely everything to keep him with us, but after that he decides.

"By then hopefully we'll be in the knockout stages of the Champions League when he comes back and up there in the Premier League".

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Until the injury, Guardiola felt it was the most complete performance of De Bruyne's comeback, but now he must fret over his fitness again.

He said: "Football is football".

Ukrainian footballer Oleksandr Zinchenko was in the starting lineup for Manchester city's home game against Fulham. Young Spanish forward Brahim Diaz scored both goals either side of half-time.

The 19-year-old's future has been thrown into doubt this week with reports contract talks have stalled due to concerns over a lack of game time.

Diaz has been linked with a move to Real Madrid among other top European sides, but Guardiola confirmed City are keen to hold onto their hot prospect.

"We played like the competition and game deserved".