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De Bruyne facing lengthy spell on sidelines with muscle injury

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The Sky Blues will have to make do without their playmaker in chief in the next few games starting with Saturday’s FA Cup 4th round clash.

Pep Guardiola has informed that Kevin De Bruyne could remain absent for Manchester City for up to six weeks due to a hamstring issue.

De Bruyne was forced to leave the pitch in the second half of the Premier League meeting with Aston Villa on Wednesday after picking up a knock, though City went to register a comfortable 2-0 win.

The Belgium international has suffered a heavy blow to his hamstring and could miss as many nine games.

He will sit out the FA Cup 4th round clash against League Two side Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

De Bruyne is also expected to miss Man City’s league matches against Liverpool, Tottenham, and Arsenal and the Champions League Round of 16 first leg against Borussia Monchengladbach.

“Kevin, like the doctor said today after reviewing the scan, will be four to six weeks out,” Pep Guardiola told, via Goal.

“It’s a big blow, isn’t it? It is, but we have to move forward.

“I’m not saying anything that anyone doesn’t know, it is unfortunate for him and for us and we have to find a solution because everyone in their own life is struggling in the situation we are living and we have to adapt.”