The City runs out De Bruyne between four and six weeks. Despite the fact that at first a lower sick time was calculated, the doctor informed this morning to Guardiola that the muscle tear suffered by the Belgian against Aston Villa was something more serious: “Not having him during all this time represents a problem, but we cannot regret it,” said the Catalan, who was insisted on the consequences of playing now without his best soccer player.
The Manchester team is experiencing its best moment of the season, although this absence will put its balance to the test: “The stars win games, but it is the dressing room that wins titles and we need everyone,” he said. Guardiola, who will not be able to count on De Bruyne on 7 February ahead of the Liverpool clash at Anfield. A small misfortune on the way for a City that returns to hang the favorite tag in the Premier.
Without De Bruyne, the answer goes through the collective. Not for Bernardo silva, nor for Foden nor by other proper names. The City has to mentalize as soon as possible: for a month and a half it will have to maintain the level without the authority it has with a footballer who assists, marks, influences and conditions. Guardiola He does not hide that it is a setback, but the team will do well to realize if it gives or not to take command of the Premier despite not having De Bruyne.