Pep Guardiola has admitted he ‘doesn’t know’ how serious Kevin De Bruyne’s injury is after the Manchester City midfielder limped out of the Blues’ Carabao Cup victory over Fulham .
De Bruyne starred as City saw off the Cottagers 2-0 thanks to a double strike from Spanish youngster Brahim Diaz.
But the Belgian was forced off in the closing stages after suffering an apparent knee injury in a tangle with Timothy Fosu-Mensah.
Having only recently returned from injury, there are fears he could be set for another layoff, but Guardiola insists the severity of the problem is not yet clear.
"He is being checked by the doctors," Guardiola said after the game. "I don’t know right now. We don’t know if it’s nothing or if it’s something serious."
But the Man City boss was full of praise for De Bruyne’s display up until he was withdrawn.
"I think today Kevin is back," he added. The Kevin we know.
"He made a huge effort against Shakhtar, played a few minutes against Spurs in difficult conditions.
"Today he was involved in offence and defence, hopefully what happened in the last minute is not serious."
Diaz scored his first senior goals, as his deflected strike found the back of the net in the first half and he reacted quickest after Gabriel Jesus’s effort rebounded off the post after the break.
His contract expires next summer and Real Madrid have shown an interest, but Guardiola is adamant City want to hold on to their man.
"We will do absolutely everything to keep him with us," he said. "We want him, but at the end it doesn’t depend on us."
City will take on the winners of Leicester and Southampton in the next round.
The Foxes and Saints will do battle on November 27 after their last-16 tie, initially scheduled for Tuesday night, was postponed after the tragic helicopter crash on Saturday which killed Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others.
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