Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne has been ruled out for around four to six weeks, which could see City’s star man miss up to 11 fixtures in all competitions, which includes the likes of Liverpool away, Tottenham Hotspur at home, Arsenal away and Manchester United at home in the Premier League
Meanwhile, fellow title rivals, Leicester City, who are very much in the frame to challenge for the league at present, are set to be without striker Jamie Vardy for a similar time scale, which is likely to see the 34-year-old miss fixtures against the likes of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Arsenal.
Both the Citizens and Leicester have significantly worse records when the likes of De Bruyne and Vardy are unable to play. De Bruyne didn’t start or play in six games last season, of which City won just one of these games, which came in a 5-0 demolition of Burnley, which has become a regular theme for City against the Clarets at the Etihad.
However, they did lose to the likes of relegated Norwich City, who were relatively unknown in terms of quality at that point, as well as in the Manchester derby to United, and to Southampton late on in the season, of which the Sky Blues created few chances to score in the latter two matches.
When the Foxes have started without Vardy in their starting lineup they have won just six of 14 games without him since the start of the 2018/19 season, drawing two and losing six, and one of these defeats was to Norwich last season, who were comfortably relegated in 20th place.