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Let's all cry: Kevin De Bruyne to miss Champions League match against Barcelona - report


Manchester City v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images

Get ready for some really bad news.

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne will not recover in time from his injury and is set to miss the Citizens' trip to Catalonia for a massive Champions League match against Barcelona in two weeks. Pep Guardiola was optimistic that the Belgian would be fit to face the Catalan giants, but that looks very unlikely at the moment.

According to a report from the Mirror, City's medical staff is worried that De Bruyne would be at risk of aggravating his issue if he's rushed back to face Barça, and Kevin could out of action for a lot longer if he gets injured again in that match. The Belgian might return against Southampton, but the most likely date for his return is the EFL Cup match against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

De Bruyne hurt his hamstring in the final minutes of City's Premier League match against Swansea City 10 days ago, and he was ruled out for four weeks with a torn hamstring. Guardiola tried to make us feel better by saying there was a chance he could return sooner, but that was not really true.

Up until his injury, De Bruyne was undoubtedly the best player in the Premier League with two goals and four assists in six appearances, and his absence was certainly felt in City's 3-3 draw against Celtic and in the 2-0 loss against Tottenham. And if the reports are accurate, he'll be missed in the Barcelona match as well.