Kevin De Bruyne will not require surgery following knee injury

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has advised Jose Mourinho on which tactics to use

Manchester City have suffered a devastating blow following the news that Kevin De Bruyne will be out for around three months with a lateral knee ligament injury.

The Belgium global cut short his holiday to ensure he was in contention for selection ahead of City's opening weekend win at Arsenal and played the final half an hour as the champions coasted to a 2-0 win at the Emirates.

But it will be interesting to see whether the 27-year-old's absence is felt when the Citizens come up against their rivals.

"This can happen because you build an wonderful stadium for Tottenham Hotspur - sometimes there are delays, this kind of thing happens".

"It's part of the game for the players -- it's normal, they don't rest".

And Guardiola admits he is hoping his side manage to keep it together and ensure they are in a strong position for when De Bruyne returns.

Silva missed several matches last season to spend time with his son Mateo, who was seriously ill in hospital after being born prematurely.

Guardiola finishes: "Football is not flowers, a good holiday and say everything is easy".

"He has played more than 100 games, winning two European Championships and one World Cup".

"Nobody needs to worry about Man City and their quality, there is still a lot there".

Indeed, it might make the title race a little more interesting.

"I think we have to understand sometimes, because we're tired and that's the time we need to regroup".

After wildly successful spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, his first season in England with Manchester City didn't go to plan, with the Cityzens finishing third in the Premier League table.

City are waiting to hear from Tottenham about where their Premier League match in London, scheduled for October 28, might be played.

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