With crucial matches against Tottenham Hotspur and PSG coming, Guardiola hopes for a speedy De Bruyne recovery
One notable absentee from Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Wednesday night in the Premier League was Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian went out of City’s FA Cup semifinal defeat against Chelsea with an ankle injury. As a result, he was not part of the victory at Villa Park. In his absence Phil Foden stepped up and played a crucial role. He along with Rodri scored the goals for the Premier League leaders.
After the match, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola provided an injury update on De Bruyne. Guardiola told reporters: “It was less than we expected and yesterday he felt much better. Today I don’t know because I didn’t speak with him, but we will see tomorrow’s training. I think if it’s not really for this final hopefully, maybe he will be ready for the semifinals of the Champions League.”
Guardiola himself is not sure whether the Belgian midfielder would be available for this weekend’s Carabao Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur. But, he is lot more optimistic about De Bruyne’s chances of playing in the crucial Champions League semifinals against Paris Saint-Germain just three days later.
The Manchester City manager was pleased to see the team recover following the early scare at Villa Park on Wednesday night. Thanks to the three points, the Blues of Manchester are getting ever closer to getting their hands on the Premier League title.
“It’s the best way because of course Carabao is a final but today was the important game,” Guardiola added. “It was today. Of course, we are going to try to win the Carabao Cup, our fourth final in a row but the important game was today.”
“Losing today would’ve been dangerous for sure because United are in top form, winning games a lot. But we deserved, for the way we have done this season so far, to have this advantage in our hands. When you arrive in the last five games depending just on yourself, it is a good boost, good credit.”