Arsenal boost as Man City 25-year-old picks up injury on international duty
By Will Butcher
Arsenal could be set for a huge injury boost as Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne picked up a groin problem during Belgium training.
The Gunners face Pep Guardiola’s City on April 2 after the international break, with the 25-year-old looking to add to his 50 Belgium caps before going up against Arsene Wenger’s side.
However, manager Roberto Martinez was quoted by Belgium’s official Twitter account that De Bruyne had suffered a knock during training and was a doubt to face Greece on Saturday.
“De Bruyne felt something yesterday,” Martinez said in a press conference on Friday. “If he’s not fully fit tomorrow, he will not play.”
— BelgianRedDevils (@BelRedDevils) March 24, 2017
Belgian newspaper HLN claim that De Bruyne will not be risked in Belgium’s first match of the international break against Greece, as they look to qualify for the 2018 World Cup from Group H.
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It remains to be seen if the playmaker will recover from the muscle problem in time for Belgium’s friendly against Russia on Tuesday, before next Sunday’s clash against Arsenal.
The former Wolfsburg and Chelsea ace has been in fine form for City this season, orchestrating City’s attacks in between the lines.
City’s number 17 has provided 14 assists and scored five goals under Guardiola this season, and would have been one of the first names on City’s team sheet.
However, north London giants Arsenal could now have one less problem to worry about ahead of next weekend’s clash at the Emirates Stadium.
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