Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says Kevin De Bruyne could be out “for a while” after picking up an injury against Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday.
Concise News reports that the Belgian’s injury-plagued campaign took another blow when he pulled up as he played a through pass just before half-time and he now looks set for another period on the sidelines.
John Stones also had to come off, though his problem is thought to be less serious.
“Kevin may be out for a while,” said Guardiola. “It is his hamstring. When we play 25 games in 93 days, it is hard and becomes a physical issue.
“We don’t give players time to recover. John’s is not a big problem – more of a precaution.
“We play a game, then after, when they are not recovered, we play another game.
“There is only a short amount of time and it is very demanding.”
City dominated Bournemouth from start to finish, with the hosts’ ultra-defensive formation designed to frustrate the champions.
However, the Blues boss said he was delighted with what he described as one of his team’s best performances under his tenure.
“It was an incredible performance, one of best-played in our time together,” he said.
“Ten players behind the ball for every moment, second balls, set pieces, everybody focused on controlling… it is a joy and pleasure to be part of this team.
“Thank you to my players who were absolutely incredible. It doesn’t matter what happens at the end of the season, these players deserve my admiration.
“We didn’t concede one shot on target and in this kind of stadium, it’s almost impossible to do that with their throw-ins, set-pieces and fast players.
“Ten players in the box is almost impossible to play against, but for two or three seasons, we have worked on this and now we are starting to see things coming to fruition.
“We have a lot of injured players, but everybody is pulling together.”
Also, the Catalan praised David Silva and Oleksandr Zinchenko, who both played a part in Riyad Mahrez’s winning goal.