Manchester City capable to coping with De Bruyne absence, says Kyle Walker

first_imgManchester City defender Kyle Walker believes that the Premier League champions have the depth in squad that can cope with the possible long-term absence of their main playmaker Kevin de Bruyne.De Bruyne has suffered a knee injury ahead of Manchester City’s Premier League clash against Huddersfield Town on Sunday. De Bruyne, who has had a busy summer with Belgium in the World Cup, returned to training before the start of the season but was rested against Chelsea in the Community Shield and their Premier League opener against Arsenal, that City won 2-0.In 2016, De Bruyne had missed 12 games after injuring his right knee during a League Cup semi-final victory over Everton.De Bruyne’s injury will come as a major blow for City with the Belgian providing the most number of assists for the club for the last three seasons.The 27-year-old notched up 12 goals and 21 assists last term to help Pep Guardiola’s side win the league and the League Cup.”Kevin is a great player and it’s just unfortunate that it’s happened to him in training but there’s more than enough depth in the squad,” Walker told reporters.”We don’t just rely on one player. It’s a team game and whoever steps in will do well. Obviously, it’s a big loss but we’ve got more than enough cover.”De Bruyne, a World Cup semi-finalist with Belgium earlier this year, is likely to be sidelined for around two to four months, according to British media reports.City beat Arsenal 2-0 in their opening league fixture last weekend and will host Huddersfield Town on Sunday.advertisement(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more