Manchester City and Pep Guardiola will be able to cope amid injury to Kevin De Bruyne
Posted: 16 August 2018 Time: 17:00
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has been backed to cope without superstar midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who's been struck with a long-term knee injury,
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.
His role as dynamic free roaming midfielder saw him rack up a career-best 12 goals and 21 assists in 52 games across all competitions.
The Belgian ace followed his impressive campaign by helping the Red Devils to third place at the recent 2018 FIFA World Cup.
However, it's been reported that he may be out for the rest of the year after suffering a serious knee injury in training on Wednesday.
"Kevin De Bruyne is undergoing tests on his right knee after sustaining an injury at training on Wednesday," the club revealed on their official website.
But teammate Kyle Walker and former striker Craig Bellamy feel his absence won't deter the pursuit to retain the English top-flight title.
"Kevin is a great player and it's just unfortunate that it's happened to him in training but there's more than enough depth in the squad," Walker said at the premiere in Manchester city centre.
"We don't just rely on one player. It's a team game and whoever steps in will do well. Obviously it's a big loss but we've got more than enough cover."
Meanwhile, former City striker Craig Bellamy feels Guardiola is capable of finding a way for the Citizens to remain competitive without their midfield superstar.
"It's sound crazy but they can cope without him," he told The Debate.
"You want to see De Bruyne playing but with the quality City have, the way the play and especially with the manager they have, if they need to tweak the system to suit the players who are available the best coach I've seen in England - Pep Guardiola - can.
"Because of the quality City have got in that position, bizarrely enough, there are other players who could be more missed than De Bruyne, not because of quality but because of strength in depth."