Kevin De Bruyne: Man City’s Key Player Might Be Out for Four Months, Pondering Over Hamstring Operation

Manchester City player Kevin De Bruyne

Manchester City’s chief coach, Pep Guardiola, announced that Kevin De Bruyne might be side-lined for up to four months due to a persistent hamstring issue which led to his early exit, just 23 minutes into Friday’s 3-0 victory over Burnley. This same issue saw De Bruyne depart prematurely in the Champions League final last season.

Guardiola validated that De Bruyne is grappling with a hamstring setback and Manchester City is contemplating whether surgery is the next step.

The seasoned 32-year-old central player had to leave the pitch during June’s Champions League final against Inter Milan, staying absent throughout pre-season games.

However, De Bruyne made a comeback during the Community Shield penalty decider against Arsenal, leading the team in Friday’s Premier League kick-off against Burnley.

Yet, the Belgian maestro could only endure 23 minutes at Turf Moor before indicating discomfort to the coaching staff. Guardiola acknowledged this was a repeat hamstring concern and though initially deemed a “short-term” issue, the seriousness now begs the question of a surgical intervention.

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Born in Liverpool in 1984, Ian Fletcher, a distinguished betting expert, attained a Master’s in Sports Analytics from the University of Manchester in 2010. Between 2011 and 2019, he was engaged with various English football clubs, focusing on tactical analysis and player performance metrics. Fletcher has contributed to 12 academic papers, emphasizing the role of game tempo and set-piece efficiency. In 2020, he transitioned into the realm of journalism. Presently, Fletcher authors in-depth analytical pieces on football, exploring game dynamics and team strategies, and his expertise is sought after by numerous sports platforms.

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