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Wednesday 16 October 2019

De Bruyne missing for champs

Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne

Manchester City are again without playmaker Kevin De Bruyne as they host Wolves in the Premier League tomorrow.

The Belgium international missed the midweek Champions League victory over Dinamo Zagreb after suffering a groin injury in the latter stages of last weekend's victory at Everton.

Manager Pep Guardiola insists the problem is not too serious but he is not willing to take a risk this weekend.

Guardiola said: "Tomorrow he is not fit. After the international break he will be ready. It is not a big problem."

John Stones also remains on the sidelines but Guardiola added that he is hopeful the England defender will also be fit after the upcoming international break.

Guardiola was speaking for the first time since Bernardo Silva was charged with misconduct by the Football Association over a controversial tweet sent to team-mate Benjamin Mendy.

The issue has overshadowed a lot of City's work over the past fortnight and Guardiola was unwilling to discuss the matter further. "No comments any more," he said.

City this weekend take on a Wolves side at the Etihad Stadium that have experienced a difficult start to the season.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side have won just one Premier League match as they juggle the competition with their involvement in the Europa League.

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