Pep Guardiola rates De Bruyne chances of featuring in Manchester derby

Date published: Friday 6th March 2020 1:57

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says Kevin De Bruyne is making progress with his shoulder injury ahead of Sunday’s Manchester derby.

De Bruyne was injured in the closing stages of the Carabao Cup final victory over Aston Villa last weekend and missed City’s FA Cup win at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.

Guardiola said: “He is getting better. I spoke this morning with the physio and he feels better. It’s not perfect but we will see.”

As for Leroy Sane’s chances of playing at Old Trafford after his long-term lay-off, Guardiola added: “No. He’s making big progress but he’s still not 100 per cent fit and he has to be 100 per cent fit to play now. Maybe another Under-23 game would be good.”

The City chief also revealed his love for all things Manchester derby, admitting: “It’s so nice, I love it, they’re always special, the situation this season is a bit different as we play to improve, not to win the title, for them it’s so important, it will affect the Champions League next season.

“We want to improve what we’re going to do, at Sheffield we had moments that we didn’t do perfectly.

“It’s been a good month, we’ve done well. Even before that our level of play was good, but there’s still two months to go and a lot to play for.”

 

 

Meanwhile, John Stones believes Manchester City have found another gear in their quest for even more silverware under Pep Guardiola and pointed to humility.

City have won eight of the last nine trophies available to them in England after securing a hat-trick of Carabao Cups on Sunday.

The midweek 1-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday, courtesy of Sergio Aguero’s solitary strike, kept City on course to defend the FA Cup and they now face Newcastle for a place in the semi-finals.

When asked if momentum was building at the sharp end of the season, Stones replied: “I think so.” Read more…

 

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