Manchester City supporters did not have the greatest of days yesterday after their club announced on their official website that star man Kevin De Bruyne had picked up a serious knee injury in training.
And, according to Sky Sports, the Belgium international could be sidelined for up to four months.
De Bruyne’s absence, of course, will be a huge blow to Manchester City, but manager Pep Guardiola still has a host of other options who can fill in for the former Wolfsburg and Chelsea man — specifically, Bernardo Silva.
Bernardo moved to the Etihad last summer from AS Monaco for big money but, due to the excellent form of Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, the Portuguese playmaker was unable to tie down a regular spot in Manchester City’s starting XI.
However, this season, Guardiola has been using £45m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Bernardo in a more central role, which he has excelled in. And, given De Bruyne’s injury and David Silva’s age, the former Monaco man could end up cementing a place in the side.
Against Chelsea in the club’s 2-0 Community Shield triumph, Bernardo caused Maurizio Sarri’s men constant problems by popping up in dangerous spaces around the central areas of the pitch before slipping the ball into Sergio Aguero and Riyad Mahrez.
While in Manchester City’s Premier League opener away at Arsenal, Bernardo found himself dead centre in the Gunners’ box before curling the ball into the top corner of Petr Cech’s net to put the Citizens side 2-0 up.
Undoubtedly, Bernado is thriving in this new role Guardiola has given him and his importance in the team will only continue to grow this season — especially in the absence of De Bruyne.