Citizens pair remain sidelined

Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola has admitted that playmaker Kevin De Bruyne may not play again this season, having been plagued by injuries this term.

De Bruyne sustained a hamstring problem in the 1-0 Premier League victory over Tottenham Hotspur and has subsequently sat out the wins at Manchester United and Burnley.

And his prospects for a return to action before the summer are now in doubt after Guardiola answered when asked when De Bruyne would return: "I don't know. For next Monday he is not available."

The Citizens play host to Leicester City on Monday evening, with veteran midfielder Fernandinho also seeming highly unlikely to feature as he is still recovering from a knee injury sustained in the 2-0 derby triumph over United.

Meanwhile, Guardiola has warned his players to expect a major test against a Foxes side who defeated Arsenal 3-0 in their last match.

He added: "Brendan (Rodgers) has showed his incredible qualities as a manager, to have in two months his team play already the way he wants to play.

"They have such fast players and have incredible quality. I saw their last three games and I was really impressed. The players know it will be an incredible test for us."

The league meeting of the two sides on Boxing Day at the King Power Stadium finished in a 2-1 Leicester victory, with Marc Albrighton and Ricardo Pereira their goalscorers.

The Citizens are 8/1 to record a 2-1 victory of their own on Monday evening, with the men from Manchester 1/8 to win the game and 1/5 to retain their Premier League crown.

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