Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is crossing his fingers that midfielder Kevin De Bruyne’s latest injury is not serious.
City’s 2-0 victory over Fulham in the Carabao Cup was overshadowed by De Bruyne limping off with an apparent knee problem with five minutes remaining after falling awkwardly in a clash with Timothy Fosu-Mensah.
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The Belgium international was making only his second start of the season following knee ligament damage.
And Guardiola hopes De Bruyne will not be sidelined for long heading into a crucial period of the season.
“He’s being checked with the doctors so I don’t know right now [how he is],” he said. “I think today Kevin is back, the Kevin we know. He spent a lot of time injured but made a huge effort in Donetsk against Shakhtar and played a few minutes against Spurs in a difficult situation because of the pitch and the physicality. “Today again he was involved with everything offensively and defensively, so hopefully what happened in the last minutes is not serious.”