Man City's De Bruyne ruled out for a month with knee injury

Oleksandr Zinchenko is hoping to show what he can do against Fulham

Oleksandr Zinchenko is hoping to show what he can do against Fulham

However, the 27-year-old went down holding his knee after a challenge involving on-loan Manchester United ace Timothy Fosu-Mensah. Nobody likes to be injured.

"You can not expect a player like we know Kevin is to come back and have the rhythm and the pace and everything. The most important thing is he is in really good hands". Unfortunately he's injured, but fortunately it's not surgery.

Asked if he was anxious about a problem, the City boss added: "I don't know".

Manchester City have been dealt a huge setback with Kevin De Bruyne fearful he will be out for at least a month with a knee injury that will force him out of next week's Manchester derby.

"He is so strong and recovered so well from the previous injury, more risky than this one, he'll recover well", Guardiola added.

"He'll recover well because we have an excellent [medical] department".

Pep Guardiola said Manchester City will do everything to keep Brahim Diaz at the club. The BBC reports that he may also miss the clash against Chelsea on 8 December. That is three points like Southampton is three points. The Manchester derby will not be a final, it will be another game.

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"We want him. In the end it won't depend on us, it is them".

"He knew that from the beginning and he chose to stay".

City were straight back on the front foot to start the second half, with Jesus heading wide before De Bruyne's curling shot went just the wrong side of the post.

He said: "Football is football. It's impossible to score a lot and concede a lot, when this happens you are not a stable team".

British newspapers reported this week that Diaz was likely to leave City next year over his frustration at a lack of playing time since moving from Malaga in 2016, and Guardiola said he understood the situation.

Diaz has been linked with a move to Real Madrid among other top European sides, but Guardiola confirmed City are keen to hold onto their hot prospect.

The Belgium midfielder hobbled off after feeling pain in his left knee and is undergoing further tests with club doctors to ascertain the exact damage. "Never. I know how important he is to Barcelona".

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