Belgian midfielder Kevin de Bruyne will most likely miss the opening match Premier League, between his team Manchester City and Tottenham. The 30-year-old has not yet returned to training with the citizens, since the knee injury he suffered during Euro 2020. City bench number 1, Pep Guardiola gave more details on the situation:
"He is improving day by day but we are still waiting. He can not conduct full training sessions. We will see what happens in the coming days. "
But De Bruyne is not the only City player to miss the first week of the Premier League. His teammate Phil Foden will also not be available for coach Guardiola. The player is recovering from a leg injury.
Meanwhile from France, it seems that Lionel Messi will not debut with Paris St-Germain, in the match against Strasbourg on Sunday. The Argentine seems to be taking his time to better adapt to the players and the team environment. The same was confirmed by coach Mauricio Pochettino:
"Do take things step by step and we will leave time for the players to get to know each other better. The priority is for him (Messi) to feel good, and when he is in the best physical condition to go down on the field. I want to have the best players in the team, just like any coach. "And everyone knows that Messi is one of the best in the world."
The Argentine superstar is expected to be introduced to the fans along with other PSG super-purchases: Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Georginio Wijnaldum and Achraf Hakimi. The atmosphere is expected to be fiery in the Parc des Princes.