Kevin De Bruyne tests positive for Covid and could miss next three games

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Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss the club's next three games.

Pep Guardiola confirmed that the star tested positive on Wednesday after Belgium's World Cup qualifiers against Estonia and Wales.

De Bruyne, 30, featured in both matches as Roberto Martinez's side guaranteed their spot at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

But a positive test has ruled him out of City's Premier League match at home to Everton on Sunday while he self-isolates.

He will also miss the crucial Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain on November 24.

The midfielder, who is vaccinated, is expected to remain on the sidelines when City take on West Ham at the Etihad four days later.

"Two days ago he told me he was positive. I think he's here (in England)," Guardiola told reporters on Friday.

"Forget about fitness and momentum, he is positive now he has to recover.

"We have to be careful, people are dying from Covid, he is vaccinated so hopefully he will be okay.

"There is no concern about rhythm it's about the human being."

De Bruyne has endured something of a stop-start beginning to the season after picking up an ankle injury at Euro 2020.

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He didn't make his first Premier League start until late September against Chelsea, but immediately appeared back to his best.

Since then he has been a mainstay in the team as City battled it out with the Blues and Liverpool in the early months of the season.

His last appearances for the Cityzens was in the 2-0 derby day win over Manchester City.

His absence for the next three matches is a huge blow for City at a crucial time in the season.

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The Premier League champions face a run of 12 matches in just 41 days in the top-flight and in Europe.

They will also be without Feran Torres, while Jack Grealish is also likely to miss the weekend trip to Goodison Park.

Guardiola added: "We have Jack getting better after he went to the national team.

"Phil Foden came back with a knock and a problem in his leg, but he is getting better."

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