Kevin De Bruyne has been dominated out of Manchester City’s conflict with Everton and subsequent week’s Champions League showdown in opposition to Paris Saint-Germain after testing constructive for coronavirus, supervisor Pep Guardiola mentioned on Friday.
The City boss mentioned De Bruyne was isolating for 10 days after receiving the constructive take a look at through the current worldwide break.
After dealing with Everton in home motion, City, who’re three factors behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, host PSG in an important fixture on Wednesday.
City are one level above second-placed PSG in Group A with two video games left as they appear to seal a spot within the final 16.
“Kevin got positive from Covid. He will be 10 days isolated,” Guardiola mentioned on Friday. “Two days in the past, he advised me that he was constructive. He is right here (in Manchester).
“Forget about the fitness, the momentum, he has to recover well. The human being is more important than anything else.”
It is the newest blow for De Bruyne, who has struggled to reach peak type for City this season.
He was hauled off after an hour of City’s defeat in opposition to Crystal Palace in October and began on the bench for the next recreation in opposition to Club Brugge.
De Bruyne scored in Belgium’s 1-1 draw in opposition to Wales in Cardiff this week and likewise performed within the earlier victory over Estonia that sealed their place in subsequent yr’s World Cup.
Guardiola revealed the 30-year-old had been vaccinated and mentioned he was extra involved about making certain his star avoids a critical bout of the virus than his absence from the workforce.
“Right now people are dying in this pandemic. He was vaccinated so is more protected and hopefully the symptoms will be minor,” Guardiola mentioned.
“He will come back as soon as possible. There is no concern about the rhythm or what we are going to miss. We have to help him.”
De Bruyne’s Covid take a look at was not the one health blow for the Premier League champions forward of Everton’s go to to the Etihad Stadium.
Guardiola mentioned City ahead Jack Grealish can be prone to miss out with the knock that compelled him to withdraw from the England squad earlier than Monday’s World Cup qualifier in San Marino.
In addition to Grealish’s harm, City playmaker Phil Foden’s availability for the Everton recreation is unsure after he additionally suffered a leg downside on England responsibility.