The Belgian worldwide turned in a improbable efficiency in City’s 5-1 Premier League win over Watford this weekend, with two key assists.
However, the midfielder discovered himself on the top of a string of unhealthy tackles from the Hornets, and Guardiola opted to convey him off for the ultimate half-hour on the Etihad Stadium.
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De Bruyne’s untimely exit triggered issues over his health to face Los Blancos of their Champions League semi ultimate first leg in midweek and Guardiola admitted he’s balancing the state of affairs.
“I have 14/15 players fit and in the last few games Kevin and Aymeric (Laporte) have played a lot of minutes”, the Catalan coach acknowledged in his publish match press convention.
“Kevin, it doesn’t look like it, but he’s playing with some disturbing niggles in his ankles, for the kicks he’s got in the last few games.
“At 4-1, I am thinking about that. It is not just Madrid, it’s Leeds as well. You have seen the schedule.
“That is why, in that moment, I am thinking the game is almost over and I rest the players who have played a lot of minutes.”
De Bruyne is anticipated to play by the ache in opposition to Real Madrid, however Guardiola faces a defensive headache, with Joao Cancelo suspended and Kyle Walker fighting an ankle concern.