Injury has ruled Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne out of the Champions League clash with Dinamo Zagreb.
The Belgium international, who has EIGHT assists in the Premier League already this season, has struggled with muscle injuries for the past two seasons.
City boss Pep Guardiola remained coy when quizzed about the former Chelsea man’s fitness following the weekend win over Everton. However, De Bruyne is set to miss Tuesday night’s game at the Etihad.
The 28-year-old faces further tests to see if he will be fit to face Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend, with the international break looming after that.
De Bruyne missed training on Monday and was substituted at Goodison Park after a crunching challenge by opposite number Morgan Schneiderlin .
The playmaker exchanged strong words with the Everton midfielder after picking himself up the floor, but it seems as though the City medical team are not willing to risk him for the visit of the Croatian champions.
John Stones and Aymeric Laporte will also miss the second round of Champions League group stage games, with Guardiola likely to shuffle his pack.
City fans will hope De Bruyne’s injury will only mean a temporary absence from the team, with the reigning Premier League champions five points behind leaders Liverpool.
The Citizens were forced to settle for a point against Wolves at Molineux last season, before a comfortable victory at home with De Bruyne playing a major role in the 3-0 win in January.