Martinez confirms Kevin De Bruyne will NOT feature against Arsenal

Roberto Martinez reveals Kevin De Bruyne will NOT feature against Arsenal because he is not ‘100% fit’ after feeling pain in his ankle during cameo in Manchester City’s defeat by Tottenham

  • Roberto Martinez revealed that Kevin De Bruyne will not play against Arsenal
  • The Belgium midfielder suffered a tear to his ankle ligament during Euro 2020
  • The 30-year-old missed all of Man City’s pre-season as a result of the injury
  • However, he did feature against Tottenham in Manchester City’s league opener
  • But, Martinez has revealed that De Bruyne felt pain in his ankle during the game 

Roberto Martinez has revealed that Kevin De Bruyne will not play against Arsenal in the Premier League this weekend. 

The midfielder sustained ligament damage to his ankle while playing for Belgium in the European Championship this summer and missed all of City’s pre-season as a result. 

However, he did feature against Tottenham in Manchester City’s opening game of the 2021-2022 season – playing a total of 16 minutes. 

Roberto Martinez has revealed that Kevin De Bruyne (above) will not play against Arsenal

The midfielder sustained damage to his ankle ligament while playing for Belgium in the European Championship this summer and missed all of City’s pre-season as a result 

Speaking about De Bruyne’s availability going forwards, Martinez reportedly said: ‘Kevin is not available [for Manchester’s clash with Arsenal]. 

‘As you know he had some minutes against Tottenham. But after that game he still felt some pain [in the ankle]. 

‘He’s taking a different route now. He’s not gonna be playing this weekend. The idea is to see how his injury progresses.

‘It’s only right that we work together for the well-being of the player. Kevin is working really hard behind the scenes to get fully fit and to be ready for a demanding season. 

At the moment he’s not 100 per cent fit.’ 

However, he did feature against Tottenham in Manchester City’s opening game of the 2021-2022 season – playing a total of 16 minutes (above)

Martinez Martinez had come under-fire for his management of the City star at Euro 2020

Sportsmail previously reported how Martinez had come under-fire for his management of the Manchester City star at Euro 2020. 

The midfielder suffered a tear to his ankle ligament in Belgium’s last 16 tie with Portugal. However, Martinez made the decision to not only name De Bruyne in their starting line-up for their the quarter-final match, but play him for a full 90 minutes. 

De Bruyne also emphasised his surprise at the manager’s decision to play him in the quarter-final by admitting it was a ‘miracle’ that he managed to get through the Italy game. 

The news of De Bruyne omission from the Manchester City squad that will face Arsenal adds to a disappointing few months for the 30-year-old. 

De Bruyne has sustained multiple injuries over the summer – having fractured his nose and eye socket in the Champions League final following a collision with Antonio Rudiger. 

De Bruyne will be eager to return to action sooner rather than later – especially given Manchester City’s disappointing start to the 2021-2022 season against Tottenham  

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side claimed all three points thanks to Son’s second-half strike

As a result, De Bruyne will be eager to return to action sooner rather than later – especially given Manchester City’s disappointing start to the 2021-2022 season. 

The reigning Premier League champions were left feeling shocked after Tottenham secured a 1-0 victory in their first game of the season. 

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side claimed all three points thanks to Heung-Min Son’s second-half strike.    

City did, however, bounce back against Norwich – putting five goals past Daniel Farke’s men.  




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