Guardiola says De Bruyne’s injury in Man City defeat "doesn’t look good"

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has issued a worrying update over the fitness of Kevin De Bruyne after his star playmaker was withdrawn following an injury in the FA Cup.

The Belgium international failed to make the desired impact as Hakim Ziyech scored the only goal of the game to send Thomas Tuchel’s men into the final.

Attentions for City now turn to their Carabao Cup final against Tottenham and Champions League semi-final clashes against PSG – with doubt over De Bruyne.

Guardiola was asked about the midfielder after the disappointing result – but his response was not as postive as City supporters would’ve wanted to hear.

Guardiola said when asked about his star midfielder: ”He has pain now.

“He told me that tomorrow he is going to make a test with the doctors. Apparently it doesn’t look quite good but we will see tomorrow.”

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss made eight changes from the side that progressed past Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in midweek, but he has brushed off criticism.

"What could I say? We had two-and-a-half days to recover and play away and have to travel, we were on the train for three hours and we were stopped one hour," Guardiola said.

"Everyone deserved to play, don't say we don't pay attention, when this team reached four finals in a row in a Carabao Cup. Just say we lost the game and when we lose the game the decisions are bad but it is a poor argument.

“You don't get to the semi-finals of the FA Cup or final of the Carabao Cup four years in a row when we don't pay attention. We play many many games and always play to try to win the game.

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  • “It was a tight game, congratulations to Chelsea – they are a top side. This can happen. If you believe we don't pay attention for that, what if the result was completely different and we won with eight changes?

    "Say it before the game that Pep doesn't pay attention or the players don't, but don't say after just because we lose the game. These guys fight every game like never before I've seen. Now we don't pay attention?

    "We respect the FA Cup a lot, we come here to win and next time tell me which people say that. Do you think [Raheem] Sterling, or Gabriel [Jesus], or Ferran [Torres] don't deserve to play the game? Say it."

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