Kevin De Bruyne has been ruled out of Manchester City’s clash with Everton and next week’s league champion power measurement against Paris Saint Germain after testing positive for coronavirus, manager Pep Guardiola said Friday. The City boss said De Bruyne was isolated for 10 days after receiving the positive test during the recent international break. After facing Everton in domestic action, City, who are three points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, hosted PSG in an important match on Wednesday. City are one point above second-placed PSG in Group A with two games left as they want to clinch a place in the last 16.
“Kevin has been positive about Covid. He will be isolated for 10 days,” Guardiola said Friday. “Two days ago he told me he was positive. He’s here (in Manchester).
“Forget about the fitness, the momentum, he has to recover well. Man is more important than anything else.”
This is the latest setback for De Bruyne, who has struggled to reach a climax for City this season.
He was pulled out after an hour of City’s defeat to Crystal Palace in October and 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 the earlier victory over Estonia that clinched their place in next year’s World Cup.
Guardiola has revealed that the 30-year-old has been vaccinated and said he is more concerned about ensuring his star avoids a serious attack of the virus than his absence from the team.
“Right now people are dying in this pandemic. He has been vaccinated, so is more protected and hopefully the symptoms will be minor,” Guardiola said.
“He will be back as soon as possible. There is no worry about the rhythm or what we are going to miss. We have to help him.”
De Bruyne’s Covid Test was not the only fitness battle for the Premier League champions ahead of Everton’s visit to the Etihad Stadium.
Guardiola said City forward Jack Grealish was also likely to miss the blow that forced him to withdraw from the England squad ahead of Monday’s World Cup qualifier in San Marino.
In addition to Grealish’s injury, City playmaker Phil Foden’s availability for the Everton game is uncertain after he also suffered a leg problem on England’s service.
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