MANCHESTER CITY face an agonising wait over the fitness of Kevin De Bruyne after the midfielder was taken off late on in their Carabao Cup win over Fulham.
De Bruyne was replaced in the 86th minute of the 2-0 victory after colliding with Timothy Fosu-Mensah and limped off the pitch clutching at his left knee.
He was in some discomfort as he left the pitch, gesturing to manager Pep Guardiola, and went straight down the tunnel with medical staff for treatment.
The Belgium international has only recently recovered from cruciate ligament damage to his right knee.
The 27-year-old made his long-awaited comeback against Burnley on October 20 and has been easing his way back into Guardiola’s full plans.
“I think today Kevin is back, no?”
And after the game Guardiola admitted concern over the knock, and confirmed that club doctors were assessing him.
“He’s being checked by the doctors,” he said in his post-match press conference.
Asked whether he was worried about De Bruyne’s injury, the City manager said: “I don’t know right now. I don’t know if it’s nothing or something serious.”
De Bruyne appeared as a second-half substitute in the victory over Tottenham on Monday night and appeared to be approaching full fitness against Fulham.
“I think today Kevin is back, no? It’s the Kevin we know,” Guardiola said of his performance.
“He made a huge effort in Donetsk against Shakhtar. He played a few minutes in a difficult situation against Spurs.
“It was a difficult situation because of the pitch and the conditions and tough physicality but today again he was involved in the offensive and defensive side, in the pace, in the set pieces, the passes and assists.”
Victory for City was sealed with a double from youngster Brahim Diaz, who netted his first goals for the club.
The Carabao Cup holders will now face either Leicester or Southampton in the quarter-finals.
Guardiola’s men next take on the Saints in the Premier League as they look to continue their unbeaten start.
City sit joint-top of the league after ten games, level on points with Liverpool.