Kevin de Bruyne has been sidelined with a hamstring injury.
The Belgian midfielder is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury and won’t be available until the end of this year.
He has not featured for the Cityzens since undergoing a hamstring injury in August and was expected to return for the FIFA Club World Cup.
Pep Guardiola has been without the veteran midfielder since City’s first game of the season against Burnley.
The manager refused to specify the Belgian’s imminent return but believes he won’t be available when the squad travels to Saudi Arabia for the Club World Cup.
“I think he has started to run on the pitch but hasn’t trained with us once,” said Guardiola.
“The FIFA Club World Cup is in two or three weeks. I don’t know. Maybe it’s a bit early but I don’t know (at this point).”
Despite Pep’s warning, De Bruyne has been included in the squad for the tournament in Saudi Arabia later this month.
“Kevin is so important,” said Pep.
“But unfortunately, he’s had a tough injury for three or four months. Don’t put pressure on him, when he’s back we’ll have open arms for him.”
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