Making just his fourth appearance with Manchester United after missing over a month with a knee injury, star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was taken off the pitch in the 86th-minute of Wednesday’s tie with Fulham at the Etihad.
The Belgian was on the receiving end of a strong challenge from Timothy Fosu-Mensah in the corner of the pitch when the defender fell backwards. The result of the fall appears to have seen him land awkwardly on De Bruyne’s left leg.
De Bruyne appeared to be in pain as he walked with the medical staff directly through the player’s tunnel to receive further treatment.
The Carabao Cup tie, which City won 2-0 behind a brace from Brahim Diaz, marked the fourth time that De Bruyne has seen action since injuring his knee against Arsenal on August 12.
He made his debut in an appearance off the bench against Burnley on October 20 and had been used sparingly by Guardiola to ease him back into match fitness. He did receive the start against Fulham and was likely to have played the full 90 minutes had he not been injured.
The City manager could not offer much insight into the injury at the time of the post-match presser, stating only that “it’s being checked by the doctor. Right now I don’t know if it’s nothing or something serious.”
It remains unseen whether De Bruyne will be able to participate in City’s upcoming matches. They host Southampton on Sunday afternoon before a home clash with Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Despite the injury, 10Bet has De Bruyne listed as an anytime scorer in Sunday’s match at 5/2 odds, while City are 1/10 to secure a home win against a struggling Saints side.