Manchester City suffered a huge blow yesterday after Kevin De Bruyne picked up a knee injury in training which, according to Sky Sports, could have the Belgium international sidelined for up to four months.
De Bruyne was in terrific form last season at the heart of Pep Guardiola’s team as he helped Manchester City clinch their third Premier League title in a campaign where the club smashed record after record, and his presence will certainly be missed.
But the former Wolfsburg and Chelsea man’s £45m-rated (via Transfermarkt) team-mate Kyle Walker believes the Citizens will be able to cope.
“Kevin’s a great player and it’s just unfortunate that it’s happened to him in training, but there’s more than enough depth in the squad,” Walker told reporters (via Goal).
“We don’t just rely on one player. It’s a team game and whoever steps in will do well. Obviously it’s a big loss, but we’ve got more than enough cover.”
Without a doubt, De Bruyne’s absence from Manchester City’s starting XI is a massive loss and may have some supporters from rival clubs mischievously grinning.
But, in the words of Walker, by no means do Manchester City rely on one player.
Last season, in attack, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane’s contributions were momentous.
For all the criticism he gets for his efficiency in the final third, Sterling was able to score 18 Premier League goals while Sane managed to come up with 15 assists.
And, in terms of a direct replacement for De Bruyne in Guardiola’s starting XI, the Citizens have the brilliant Bernardo Silva, who has already done an exceptional job playing in a midfield role during this early stage of the new campaign.
Riyad Mahrez was also brought in this summer in a club-record deal, while Guardiola still has Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Gabriel Jesus to call upon, which further shows how scary the Citizens’ attack is even without De Bruyne.
Manchester City are anything but a one-man team.