Pep concerned by De Bruyne injury

18 April 2021 19:12:03 GMTPlus10

Pep Guardiola fears Kevin de Bruyne could face a spell out and has defended his decision to make sweeping changes to Manchester City's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea.

The Citizens sealed a 4-2 aggregate victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday but only Rodri, Ruben Dias and Kevin de Bruyne retained their places for the cup clash at Wembley.

De Bruyne had to be replaced early in the second half due to injury and he is a major doubt for Sunday's EFL Cup final against Tottenham.

Guardiola says the quick turnaround from the second leg in Dortmund forced him to make changes but his side cannot afford to dwell on the end of their quadruple dream.

City are back in Premier League action against Aston Villa on Wednesday before returning to Wembley for the League Cup final against Spurs. Three days later they head to Paris St-Germain for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie.

Guardiola dismissed suggestions that squad rotation was a factor in the defeat, saying: "This team, for four or five years, always plays to win the game. It was a tight game, we were not able to win. Chelsea is a top side, this can happen.

"What would happen if today the result was completely different and we had won? Say 'Pep doesn't pay attention' before the game, don't say it after just because we lose the game."

Asked about De Bruyne's prospects of playing in Sunday's EFL Cup final, Guardiola said: "He has pain now. It probably doesn't look good but we will see."

Manchester City are 1/4 to win the EFL Cup outright and 4/9 to win the Champions League.

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