Manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday that Kevin De Bruyne has been ruled out of Manchester City’s clash with Everton and next week’s Champions League performance against Paris Saint-Germain. The City boss said De Bruyne was in isolation for 10 days after receiving a positive test during the recent international break. After facing Everton in home action, City, who are three points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, will host PSG in a crucial match on Wednesday. City are one point above second-placed PSG in Group A with two games to go as they try to make the last 16.
Guardiola said on Friday, “Kevin has tested positive for Kovid. He will be in isolation for 10 days.” “Two days ago, he told me he was positive. He is here (in Manchester).
“Forget about fitness, speed, one has to recover well. Human beings are more important than anything.”
It is the latest blow for De Bruyne, who has struggled to reach the peak for City this season.
He was relegated an hour after City’s loss against Crystal Palace in October and was started on the bench for the next game against Club Brugge.
De Bruyne scored in Belgium’s 1-1 draw against Wales in Cardiff this week and also played in a previous win over Estonia to seal a place in next year’s World Cup.
Guardiola revealed the 30-year-old had been vaccinated and said he was more concerned about making sure his star survives a serious bout of the virus than his absence from the team.
“Right now people are dying in this pandemic. He was vaccinated so he is much safer and hopefully the symptoms will be milder,” Guardiola said.
“He’ll be back as soon as possible. No worries about the rhythm or what we’re going to miss. We have to help him.”
De Bruyne’s Covid test was not the only fitness setback for the Premier League champions ahead of Everton’s visit at the Etihad Stadium.
Guardiola said City forward Jack Grealish could also miss the innings that forced him to pull out of the England squad ahead of Monday’s World Cup qualifiers in San Marino.
In addition to Grealish’s injury, City playmaker Phil Foden’s availability for an Everton game is uncertain as he also suffered a foot problem while on England duty.
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