De Bruyne will be sidelined for “a few months,” according to Manchester City’s manager, as the team decides whether to operate.
The 32-year-old was taken out during the opening period of Inter’s Champions League final match in June and did not participate in any preseason action.
De Bruyne made his way back to Arsenal for the second half of the Community Shield, and on Friday he led City in their Premier League debut against Burnley.
But the Belgian was removed from the game at Turf Moor after only 23 minutes.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the City manager stated in his news conference before the UEFA Super Cup match against Sevilla: “It’s a significant injury.
“We need to decide whether to undergo surgery or not, but not for a few months.”
When asked why De Bruyne aggravated his hamstring issues, Guardiola responded, “Give me 25 days of preparation, and you will not be injured. Naturally, we could advise against playing. He stated he felt wonderful while I talked to the physicians and physios with him. Unfortunately, it did occur.
Guardiola names a replacement for De Bruyne
Given that De Bruyne is expected to be away for about four months, Guardiola suggested Phil Foden as a possible De Bruyne successor.
Guardiola replied when asked if Foden could play in the center, “He can play there and outside too.
There, [Mateo] Kovacic can play. We have a team dedicated to solving the problem.
The City midfielder Rodri praised Foden highly in Athens before Wednesday’s Super Cup.
The Spaniard stated in a press conference, “I think he can play wherever.
“In my opinion, he is our best player between the lines when he turns and faces the goal.
“I enjoy watching him play there, but he can also play the winger position with authority.
Where the coach places him is entirely up to him. His talent can accomplish it.