Kevin De Bruyne suffers knee injury at Manchester City training

Kevin De Bruyne

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne in action with Arsenal's Matteo Guendouzi

De Bruyne, 27, was one of the standout performers for the Citizens last season as they romped the Premier League title in record-breaking fashion.

Any significant lay-off would come as a serious blow to City's hopes of successfully defending the Premier League title. The 55-year-old deals less in micromanaging his players but more creating a particular mood - one geared towards focus and ruthlessness and winning.

I've met a lot of young players throughout my career now who've kind of got a chip on their shoulder but he's definitely not one of them.

The midfielder also has a World Cup winners medal along with a Golden Ball, having starred in England U17's tournament success in India in 2017. "It is a tournament, you need to be good at the right time", he said.

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"You killed them [United] while playing football", Guardiola is filmed telling the squad after their 2-1 win.

But the importance of De Bruyne, easily the club's best player in the record-breaking 2017/18 season, can not be overstated. "It is a different prospect, cup games are different to a league".

43 - Since making his league debut for City in September 2015, De Bruyne has set up 43 goals, more than any other player.

Manchester City defender Kyle Walker believes 18-year-old Phil Foden has the talent and attitude to step up in the absence of injured Kevin de Bruyne.

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City's pot could be substantially bigger this year with the changes too, given De Bruyne's reported £260k per week and Aguero on £250k.

"Most of the time I am on my own".

Despite only a week's worth of training, Pep Guardiola named De Bruyne among the substitutes for Sunday's trip to Arsenal and brought the playmaker on after the hour-mark. We cope with it fine. "If you explain what you are thinking then there is no problem".

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