Guardiola reveals if he expects De Bruyne to be fit for Carabao Cup final

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Pep Guardiola has not ruled out the possibility of Kevin De Bryne being fit for the Carabao Cup final against Tottenham this Sunday.

Spurs go into the cup final as massive underdogs but they were buoyed by coming back from a goal down to overcome Southampton yesterday in Ryan Mason’s first game in charge as interim head coach.

Tottenham will be hoping that they can upset the apple cart at Wembley but Mason will be sweating over the fitness of their talisman Harry Kane.

It looked as though City could also be without their best player in De Bruyne for the final after the midfielder limped out of the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea at the weekend following an awkward landing on his ankle.

However, Guardiola has now confirmed that the Belgian’s injury is not bad as initially feared and that he will be assessed in training this week before a decision is made.

When asked about De Bryune’s injury after City’s 2-1 win at Villa Park yesterday, the Spaniard told Manchester Evening News: “It was less than we expected – yesterday he felt much better.

“Today I didn’t speak to him but we’ll see tomorrow in training.

“I think if he’s not ready for the final, but maybe the semi-final of the Champions League.”

City will be without John Stones for the final after the centre-back was shown a straight red in the first half against Villa.

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