World Cup fatigue could have caused De Bruyne injury, says Guardiola

Doug Mendoza
August 17, 2018

The Belgium global cut short his holiday to ensure he was in contention for selection ahead of City's opening weekend win at Arsenal and played the final half an hour as the champions coasted to a 2-0 win at the Emirates.

"This can happen because you build an fantastic stadium for Tottenham Hotspur - sometimes there are delays, this kind of thing happens".

De Bruyne, who was one of the stars of City's title success last season, will miss the club's opening Champions League fixtures as well as potentially crucial league games against Liverpool and Tottenham on October 7 and 28 respectively.

While it is still too early to gauge just how much they have progressed from the last campaign, news of De Bruyne's injury will no doubt give extra motivation to Klopp and his players. When you are fresh here, fresh on your legs, it doesn't happen.

"I don't know, we are going to adapt if we can adapt and of course we are going to think of ourselves as well, and of course the Premier League. Then he'll start training and we'll be waiting for him with big arms".

Silva missed several matches last season to spend time with his son Mateo, who was seriously ill in hospital after being born prematurely. "Congratulations to him", Guardiola said.

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"What a season he played".

"I'm glad for him". He is one of the most fascinating, incredible players in the whole history of Spain.

'Phil's got great attitude, a great player, and more importantly, I've said before, he's a great lad.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has said he does not know where the match, scheduled for October 28, will be played as delays hit the opening of the London club's new stadium, with a possibility that its date could be changed.

"I think we have to understand sometimes, because we're worn out and that's the time we need to regroup".

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