Kevin De Bruyne’s absence from photographs of Manchester City players boarding their flight to Southampton earlier today raised fears that the 27-year-old could be injured again.
And according to Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror, De Bruyne is out of the Southampton game with what is described as a ‘slight knock’ and racing to be fit for the huge clash with Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday night.
In addition to the knock, City’s Belgian superstar has been complaining about muscle soreness since returning from a six-week knee injury and ‘has suffered physically’.
KDB has featured in City’s last four games, twice as a substitute, with Pep Guardiola determined to be careful with his return from another bad injury.
De Bruyne does not expect to be 100 per cent fit for another month and the immediate hope will be that he can play a part against Liverpool who are 10 points clear of City after their win over Arsenal today, meaning a good result fo the Blues against Southampton tomorrow is a must.
City will also have to do without Ilkay Gundogan after the German midfielder also didn’t take the flight to Southampton.