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De Bruyne doubt for derby


Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne remains a doubt for Manchester City's derby clash with rivals United tomorrow, although he is "getting better".

The City playmaker missed the midweek FA Cup tie at Sheffield Wednesday after falling awkwardly on his shoulder in the latter stages of the League Cup final at Wembley last weekend.

Manager Pep Guardiola says the 28-year-old has not yet been ruled out of the Premier League trip to Old Trafford but he will need to be assessed.

Guardiola said: "He's getting better. Today we didn't train, tomorrow he will improve. I spoke with the physio this morning and he said he feels better. It's not perfect but he's better, so we'll see."

Fifth-placed United have beaten City twice this season, both times at the Etihad Stadium in the league and in the League Cup.

With City comfortable in second and 15 points ahead of their rivals there seems to be less pressure on them than United, but Guardiola insists the game is just as important for his side.

He said: "When we believe it's more important for them than us we are going to lose the game.

"I've never played a game thinking about how many points we have or if I have three or four more points, or if it is comfortable or less comfortable. Every game we try to play we try to win."

Guardiola believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United, buoyed by the form of new signing Bruno Fernandes, are producing some of their best football of the season.

He said: "I said the last time we played against them that from what I saw, in videos and in the game, that the players follow him absolutely.

"With the commitment they have they are getting better. Right now is maybe their best moment of the season. Always I believe that Man United are a strong team and playing good."