Guardiola admits de Bruyne's injury is 'getting better' ahead of derby

‘It’s not perfect but we will see’: Pep Guardiola insists Kevin de Bruyne’s shoulder injury is ‘getting better’ as midfielder star races to be ready for the Manchester derby

  • Kevin De Bruyne injured his shoulder in the Carabao Cup win over Aston Villa
  • The Belgian star is in a race to be ready for the Manchester derby on Sunday  
  • Pep Guardiola insisted the midfielder is ‘getting better’ ahead of the clash 

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says Kevin De Bruyne is making progress with his shoulder injury ahead of Sunday’s Manchester derby.

De Bruyne was injured in the closing stages of the Carabao Cup final victory over Aston Villa last weekend and missed City’s FA Cup win at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.

Guardiola said: ‘He is getting better. I spoke this morning with the physio and he feels better. It’s not perfect but we will see.’

City’s Kevin De Bruyne is still a doubt for Sunday’s Manchester derby at Old Trafford 

The midfield star was injured in the late stages of the Citizen’s Carbao Cup win over Aston Villa

The Belgian got up to celebrate, but he is now battling to be ready for the Manchester derby 

Missing the Belgian would be a big blow to City’s hopes in the derby, with De Bruyne enjoying another season in world class form. 

The midfielder has nine goals and 20 assists already this season, scoring a penalty and playing a crucial role in the Citizen’s vital 2-1 win over Real Madrid in the Champions League this month. 

United have put together an even more impressive run of form recently, with Guardiola admitting he had noted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side’s ‘incredible aggression’ in their recent streak. 

Pep Guardiola will be desperate to have his game-changing midfielder lining-up for the match

The Old Trafford side are unbeaten since the 22nd January, winning six out of nine games. 

The arrival of Bruno Fernandes has been a huge boost to the Red Devils, and City will be desperate to have their own creative genius lining up on Sunday.  

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