Roberto Martinez Confirms Kevin De Bruyne Will NOT Play Against Arsenal

Roberto Martinez reveals Kevin De Bruyne will NOT play Arsenal for not being ‘100% fit’ after feeling ankle pain during Manchester City’s defeat to Tottenham cameo

  • Roberto Martinez revealed Kevin De Bruyne will not play against Arsenal
  • The Belgian midfielder suffered a tear in his ankle ligament during the European Championship 2020
  • The 30-year-old missed the entire Man City preseason due to the injury
  • However, he did play against Tottenham in Manchester City’s opening game
  • But Martinez has revealed that De Bruyne felt pain in his ankle during the match

Roberto Martinez has announced that Kevin De Bruyne will not play against Arsenal in the Premier League next weekend.

The midfielder injured his ankle this summer while playing for Belgium at the European Championship and missed City’s entire pre-season.

However, he did play against Tottenham in Manchester City’s opening game of the 2021-2022 season, playing a total of 16 minutes.

Roberto Martinez has revealed Kevin De Bruyne (above) will not play against Arsenal

Roberto Martinez has revealed Kevin De Bruyne (above) will not play against Arsenal

The midfielder suffered an ankle ligament injury this summer while playing for Belgium at the European Championship and missed City's entire preparation.

The midfielder suffered an ankle ligament injury this summer while playing for Belgium at the European Championship and missed City's entire preparation.

The midfielder suffered an ankle ligament injury this summer while playing for Belgium at the European Championships and missed City’s entire preparation as a result.

Speaking of De Bruyne’s availability in the future, Martinez is reportedly said: ‘Kevin is not available [for Manchester’s clash with Arsenal].

“As you know, he had a few minutes against Tottenham. But after that match he still felt some pain [in the ankle].

“He’s taking a different route now. He won’t be playing this weekend. The idea is to see how his injury progresses.

“It is only right that we work together for the good of the player. Kevin is working very hard behind the scenes to get fully fit and ready for a demanding season.

At the moment he is not one hundred percent fit.’

He did, however, play against Tottenham in Manchester City's opening game of the 2021-2022 season - a total of 16 minutes of play (above)

He did, however, play against Tottenham in Manchester City's opening game of the 2021-2022 season - a total of 16 minutes of play (above)

He did, however, play against Tottenham in Manchester City’s opening game of the 2021-2022 season – a total of 16 minutes of play (above)

Martinez Martinez came under fire for his management of the City star at Euro 2020

Martinez Martinez came under fire for his management of the City star at Euro 2020

Martinez Martinez came under fire for his management of the City star at Euro 2020

Sports post previously reported how Martinez came under fire for his management of the Manchester City star at Euro 2020.

The midfielder suffered a tear in his ankle ligament in Belgium’s last 16 game with Portugal. However, Martinez made the decision to not only Name De Bruyne in their starting line-up for the quarter-finals, but play against him for 90 minutes.

De Bruyne also emphasized his surprise at the manager’s decision to play him in the quarter-finals by admitting it was a ‘miracle’ that he managed to make it through Italy’s game.

The news of the omission of De Bruyne from the Manchester City roster who will face Arsenal adds to a disappointing few months for the 30-year-old.

De Bruyne suffered multiple injuries last summer after breaking his nose and eye socket in the Champions League final following a collision with Antonio Rudiger.

De Bruyne is keen to get back into action soon, especially given Manchester City's disappointing start to the 2021-2022 season against Tottenham Hotspur

De Bruyne is keen to get back into action soon, especially given Manchester City's disappointing start to the 2021-2022 season against Tottenham Hotspur

De Bruyne is keen to get back into action soon, especially given Manchester City’s disappointing start to the 2021-2022 season against Tottenham Hotspur

Nuno Espirito Santo's side claimed all three points thanks to Son's second half strike

Nuno Espirito Santo's side claimed all three points thanks to Son's second half strike

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side claimed all three points thanks to Son’s second half strike

As a result, De Bruyne will be happy to get into action sooner rather than later – especially given Manchester City’s disappointing start to the 2021-2022 season.

The reigning Premier League champions were shocked after Tottenham recorded a 1-0 win in their first game of the season.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s team claimed all three points thanks to Heung-Min Son’s goal in the second half.

However, City bounced back against Norwich, setting five goals past Daniel Farke’s men.

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