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Update provided as Kevin De Bruyne is set to be laid up in treatment

The 32-year-old creator-in-chief looks to have suffered a recurring issue after being taken off early in Manchester City’s opening win against Burnley

Premier League holders Manchester City kicked off their 2023-24 campaign in expected fashion yesterday evening after Pep Guardiola’s hegemonic outfit dispatched former on-pitch lieutenant Vincent Kompany and his Burnley side 3-0 at Turf Moor, but there are already concerns early doors after star creator-in-chief Kevin De Bruyne is once again due to sit on the sidelines.

Per reports from The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the mercurial Belgian midfielder is set to undergo a scan at the beginning of the week to add clarity to the possible severity of his latest injury setback, which is reportedly a recurring hamstring problem stemming from the Champions League final according to Guardiola.

De Bruyne managed to complete just 23-minutes of action away from The Etihad before being replaced by summer signing Mateo Kovačić after City had already blitzed to a 1-0 lead by the 4th minute thanks to none other than Erling Haaland.

Thankfully for City, recent links have placed the champions in the possible position of completing a deal for West Ham United star Lucas Paquetá, and should the club complete a rumored ~£100m move for the Brazilian and recent Europa Conference League winner, it could be business as usual for Guardiola and company.

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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