Man City boss Pep Guardiola speaks out on Kevin De Bruyne testing positive for Covid-19 during the international break.

After Belgium’s 1-1 World Cup qualifier draw against Wales, De Bruyne is now enduring ten days of self-isolation amid his positive Covid-19 test. This 10-day period is quite crucial for Man City as they face Paris Saint-Germain and Lionel Messi in the Champions League during a three-game stretch.

However, Guardiola doesn’t seem concerned about De Bruyne’s absence, stressing that his overall health is of utmost importance.

Via The Independent

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“Forget about the fitness and the momentum [that De Bruyne could lose],” Guardiola said. “Now he is positive, he has to recover well. The health of the human being is more important than anything else. He was vaccinated so he was more protected. Hopefully he will have minor symptoms. The important thing is that he comes back when he is negative, he will start to train with us as soon as possible again, but it’s not about any concern about the rhythm or what we are going to miss. The person is more important. When someone tests positive we have to be careful and we have to help him. He has to be isolated at home.”

Across all sports, returning from a positive Covid-19 test can be a daunting task in terms of conditioning and rhythm. But, Man City fans hope that this won’t derail De Bruyne’s form in the long run, including the team’s overall consistency.

As it stands, Man City is second in the Premier League table, only three points shy of Chelsea. De Bruyne’s impact will be an essential part of the process to aid the team’s trophy aspirations this season.