Kevin De Bruyne has reportedly been ruled out of Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday night after picking up a groin strain.
The Belgian midfielder was missing as Manchester City trained in front of media on Monday, although no explanation was given for the Belgium playmaker’s absence at the City Football Academy.
It is understood the former Chelsea playmaker picked up the injury in Saturday’s hard-fought Premier League win at Everton – and he now looks set to sit out the European encounter, according to The Athletic .
City are expected to send De Bruyne for further tests to determine the seriousness of the problem, with the club facing an anxious wait to see whether or not he will be fit for Sunday’s Premier League game with Wolves .
The 28-year-old was substituted after 80 minutes of the 3-1 win at Goodison Park but did not look in obvious discomfort as he left the field.
Manager Pep Guardiola also gave little indication that there were any fresh injuries in his squad as he held his pre-match press conference early on Monday.
Asked about injuries, Guardiola said: “Yesterday, everybody was fit. Before the Champions League games everybody is fit. I don’t know why but if they have problems they don’t tell me.”
De Bruyne has been in fine form this season after missing large chunks of the last campaign with knee and muscular injuries.
City host Dinamo in their second match of this season’s Champions League having opened in Group C with a 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine.
Dinamo have won just one of their 11 contests against English opposition but, after winning a 13th domestic title in 14 years last season, they began the Champions League well with a 4-0 thrashing of Atalanta.