Kevin De Bruyne is set to miss Manchester City’s next three games after testing positive for COVID-19.
The midfielder tested positive on Wednesday and will have to go through a period of isolation.
He has already been ruled out from Sunday’s game against Everton at the Etihad Stadium and is also expected to miss the Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday and the game against West Ham at the Etihad on November 28.
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“Unfortunately, Kevin got a positive COVID test in Belgium and needs 10 days [isolation] Pep Guardiola said at a press conference on Friday.
“Two days ago he told me he was positive.
“Now he’s sure to recover well and have as few symptoms as possible.
“Human health is more important than anything else.
“So a person tests positive, be careful because even now people are dying from this pandemic situation. He was vaccinated so he was more protective.
“I hope he has minor symptoms. The important thing is that he comes back when he’s negative, he’ll start training with us again as soon as possible and come back but it’s not about pace or what we’re going to miss.
“The person is more important. When someone tests positive we have to be careful and we have to help them and they have to be isolated at home and hopefully everything will be okay. «
Jack Grealish is a major doubt for Everton’s game after withdrawing from the England squad due to injury, but Guardiola is hopeful Phil Foden will be in good shape after the 21-year-old receives a blow while on international service.
Raheem Sterling is expected to be available despite leaving the England squad for personal reasons.
Asked about Sterling’s future on Friday after being linked with a move to Barcelona, Guardiola was quick to end questions.
“Don’t ask me from now until the transfer window opens because I’m not going to answer it,” he said.
“Mine and Raheem are focused on the games, I’m not going to answer any questions about what’s going to happen in the future because I don’t know what’s going to happen. «