Manchester City not recruiting to replace injured De Bruyne

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says Kevin De Bruyne will be out with an injury for eight to ten weeks but the club will not be looking on the transfer market for a replacement

Manchester City not recruiting to replace injured De Bruyne

SHOWS: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (JANUARY 29, 2016) (ITN – SEE RESTRICTIONS)

1. MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER MANUEL PELLEGRINI ENTERING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE

2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER MANUEL PELLEGRINI, SPEAKING ABOUT KEVIN DE BRUYNE INJURY, SAYS:

“Well we knew after the game that it was a serious injury. Not to be the whole season away. It was not a cruciate ligament but we knew it was an important matter. We hoped he could return before but the first diagnostic is that he must be out eight or ten weeks.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (JANUARY 27, 2016) (ACTION IMAGES VIA REUTERS – SEE RESTRICTIONS)(MUTE)

3. KEVIN DE BRUYNE REACTING TO HIS INJURY DURING MATCH

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (JANUARY 29, 2016) (ITN – SEE RESTRICTIONS)

4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER MANUEL PELLEGRINI, SPEAKING ABOUT TEAM CONTINUING WITHOUT REPLACING DE BRUYNE FROM TRANSFER MARKET, SAYS:

“No it is not our intention to bring in anyone. I have said before this one that we have a squad. The squad is doing very well so far. And I am repeating in some moment that we could not play with Silva, with Aguero, now we are going to play without Kevin but I continue trusting in my squad and I am sure that we will continue being a competitive team.”

5. WHITE FLASH

6. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER MANUEL PELLEGRINI SAYS:

“Well, if I start answering a question about that it is because I am thinking about that. And I just said it is very important for us to be focusing game by game. It is very difficult to play so many games. It is not a target that we have in mind at this moment because it is not a realistic target. The only thing that you must demonstrate when you play every competition you are continuing to be involved in that competition. We have to play tomorrow against Aston Villa. If we fail tomorrow it finishes what we are talking about so it is important to demonstrate with performance in the moment that we are so far.”

STORY: Manchester City’s manager Manuel Pellegrini told reporters on Friday (January 29) that midfielder Kevin De Bruyne will be out for eight to 10 weeks after tearing ankle and knee ligaments in Wednesday’s (January 27) League Cup semi-final win against Everton.

“We knew after the game that it was a serious injury. Not to be the whole season away. It was not a cruciate ligament but we knew it was an important matter. We hoped he could return before but the first diagnostic is that he must be out eight or ten weeks,” he said.

The Belgian international was carried off on a stretcher after suffering the injury late in the 3-1 League Cup second-leg win at The Etihad Stadium that secured City’s place in the final at Wembley Stadium on February 28.

As well as the cup final, he will miss both legs of City’s Champions League last-16 tie against Dynamo Kiev and will be doubtful for the quarter-finals in April if they qualify.

Yet Pellegrini said the club would not be dipping into the transfer market and would use existing squad members in De Bruyne’s absence.

“It is not our intention to bring in anyone,” he said. “I have said before this one that we have a squad. The squad is doing very well so far. And I am repeating in some moment that we could not play with (David) Silva, with (Sergio) Aguero, now we are going to play without Kevin but I continue trusting in my squad and I am sure that we will continue being a competitive team.”

Pellegrini was asked about the possibility of winning four trophies this season as the club is still competing in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League competitions, starting with their FA Cup fourth round tie at Aston Villa on Saturday (January 30).

“I just said it is very important for us to be focusing game by game,” Pellegrini said. “It is very difficult to play so many games. It is not a target that we have in mind at this moment because it is not a realistic target. The only thing that you must demonstrate when you play every competition you are continuing to be involved in that competition. We have to play tomorrow against Aston Villa. If we fail tomorrow it finishes what we are talking about so it is important to demonstrate with performance in the moment that we are so far.”

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