Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne reportedly believes that there is a glimmer of hope he can feature in Manchester derby on Sunday
De Bruyne suffered a shoulder injury in the dying moments of City’s 2-1 Carabao Cup triumph over Aston Villa last weekend that saw him skip their midweek’s FA Cup clash against Sheffield Wednesday.
Although he was initially expected to remain on the sidelines for City’s trip to cross-town rivals Manchester United this Sunday, the Belgium international can still feature the matchday squad, according to the Daily Mail.
The reigning Premier League champions will wait until the last moment to let the 28-year-old prove his fitness before making the final call, as Pep Guardiola expects a tough challenge at Old Trafford.
Kevin De Bruyne this season:— Your Soccer Dose (@YourSoccerDose) February 27, 2020
3⃣4⃣appearances in all competitions
2⃣0⃣ assists (the most in Europe's top-five leagues) ✅
9⃣4⃣ scoring chances created in the Premier League (league high) ✅
Directly involved in 3⃣4⃣% of Manchester City's goals scored this season. pic.twitter.com/kGAmC7ACBN
Even though the Citizens face a prospect of potentially losing two consecutive Manchester derbies for the first time in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, the Spaniard doesn’t want to risk his best player at all costs.
With Liverpool seemingly running away with the title, Guardiola will probably focus on City’s commitments in the UEFA Champions League and their upcoming second-leg showdown against Real Madrid at the Etihad.
High-flying Red Devils have put together nine consecutive matches without a loss in all competitions (W6, D3) and will be eager to maintain that form, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer aims for a top-four finish.
United sit just three points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea ahead of the kick-off, and a victory here would unquestionably boost their hopes of landing Champions League football.