Arsenal have received a massive boost for their Manchester City clash after learning Kevin de Bruyne is out.
Pep Guardiola confirmed the latest injury news ahead of Premier League ‘Big Six’ clash on Saturday.
He said in the pre-match press conference on Friday: “Unfortunately Kevin is out, but the rest are okay.
“I don't think it's much but but the next games he will be out.
“But everyone came back, they came back better than the previous time, because the previous time Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva and another one were injured and couldn't play.”
De Bruyne picked up a leg injury in Belgium’s 2-1 defeat to England at Wembley last weekend, being pulled off late on by Roberto Martinez.
It was not believed to be a serious issue earlier this week – but this latest injury is set to put him out for a few weeks.
But they could face City forward Sergio Aguero, who underwent knee surgery in June and has been getting back to fitness.
“Sergio is training well and we're happy,” Guardiola added.
“He’s been training for three or four days and we are happy. I'm happy to see him on the pitch after so long.”
City fans are used to seeing de Bruyne on the injury bench, though, as this will be his 10th major injury since joining the club in 2015.
And it has seen the 29-year-old doubt how well he will perform this season, despite already having a goal and assists to his name for the 2020/21 campaign.
He said earlier this month: “To be honest I don't know. It's hard. I would prefer to have had five goals and five assists and go away with the title.
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“These days a lot is about statistics, but I try to do my best for the team. If you have good numbers, it helps the team, but even if I play badly, I have to try and contribute one way or another and that's what I try to do.”
City currently sit 14th in the Premier League table, their latest result being a 1-1 draw against newly-promoted Leeds before the international break.
While Arsenal will look for a fourth win from five games to maintain a place in the top four.
And the Gunners faithful will hope that deadline-day arrival Thomas Partey makes his debut in Mikel Arteta’s starting XI.
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