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Kevin De Bruyne Ruled Out Of Arsenal Clash

Kevin De Bruyne has been ruled out of Manchester City vs Arsenal Premier League clash on Saturday.

De Bruyne was withdrawn after he sustained an injury and was substituted during the second half of last weekend’s 2-1 loss to England.

City boss, Pep Guardiola has said he didn’t think the injury was too serious but is not sure how long De Bruyne will be absent.

“I don’t think it is much but the next games I think he will be out,” said Guardiola. “But we will see day by day, how it is going on.

“I cannot answer [exactly how many games De Bruyne will miss] because I do not know.”

However, there is cheering news at City’s camp as Sergio Aguero is preparing to come back to the squad after a long absence due to knee injury.

“He is training well and we are happy,” said Guardiola. “Every team needs a striker and we have played without them the last two, three games [Gabriel Jesus is also out injured at present].

“He has been training well and we are happy to see him back on the pitch after a long, long time.”

The match has been dubbed Master vs Apprentice to depict Mikel Arteta who was Pep Guardiola’s assistant at City before moving to Arsenal to become head coach.

Guardiola said: “Maybe we should clarify who’s the master and who’s the apprentice first.

“All the people who know him, we didn’t have any doubts about what he’s doing in a short period of time.

“He settled really well and the way his team is playing right now is perfect for the quality they have.

“He was able to get Arsenal back to the position where they were a long time ago. He’s doing really well in all competitions. Mikel is a competitor and a fighter.

“All the people who love him, we are more than happy with what he’s doing in London.”

Arteta-led Arsenal beat Guardiola-led Manchester City in the FA Cup semifinal and went on to win the title last season.

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