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Pep Guardiola’s start to life at the helm of Manchester City has been nothing short of perfect, but City are about to enter the most trying part of their season and have just lost a star.
Kevin De Bruyne will miss four weeks after injuring his hamstring late in the Citizens 3-1 win over Swansea.
City’s star man could miss a stretch of huge games for Pep, including this tonight's Champions League fixture against Celtic in Scotland.
The Belgian will also miss key Premier League clashes against second place, Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane and a matchup with a resurgent Everton at the Etihad the following weekend.
De Bruyne will also be likely to miss City’s huge Champions League fixture against Pep’s old club and Spanish giants, Barcelona on October 19.
In between fixtures, the Belgian superstar will also be forced to sit out his country's World Cup qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Gibraltar on Oct. 7 and 10.
“I think he’s injured," Guardiola said on Saturday.
"Tomorrow the doctor is going to see. It’s a pity. He’s very important for us."
De Bruyne has since flown to Barcelona alongside club captain Vincent Kompany to see a specialist.
Manchester City will sorely miss De Bruyne after his stellar start to the season, scoring two goals and assisting four in City’s six Premier League games this season.
The Belgian’s passing precision, elite decision making has been key for City opening opposition defences to give Guardiola’s men their record start.
Through the first six games, De Bruyne ranks second in the league with 20 chances created behind Jason Puncheon, who has created 22 chances for his Palace team mates.
De Bruyne’s absence in a key month of City’s fixtures shapes to be a huge blow, Guardiola will have to manage his squad and tactics expertly to replace their star midfielder.