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De Bruyne Suffers Another Injury Setback

De Bruyne Suffers Another Injury Setback

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne is set to be out of action after he was left out of Belgium squad for friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and England this month because of a groin strain, according to BBC Sport.

De Bruyne has also been ruled out of City’s FA Cup quarter-final with Newcastle United on Saturday.

The 32-year-old was substituted 69 minutes into the 1-1 Premier League draw with Liverpool on Sunday.

Belgium face the Republic on 23 March and England at Wembley on 26 March.

Manager Domenico Tedesco said De Bruyne has struggled with the injury “for the last few matches”.

“We can’t take a risk now and certainly not with Kevin,” he said.

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“It is better to give him time to recover well at City and then have him ready for the European Championship.”

Following the international break, third-placed City host Premier League leaders Arsenal on 31 March.

De Bruyne missed the first five months of the season with a hamstring injury before returning in January.

“I don’t know if there is a connection to his hamstring injury,” said Tedesco.

“Yesterday I spoke to the doctor and Kevin and we decided the risk is too great. It is our responsibility to take into account the player but also the player’s club.”

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