Kevin de Bruyne says that Manchester City’s weary players are grateful for some time off before their next game against Leicester.
City boss Pep Guardiola, who saw his side draw 1-1 with Burnley on Saturday, has given his squad three days leave ahead of the game against the Foxes next weekend.
Benjamin Mendy, Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane, John Stones, David Silva, Fabian Delph and Phil Foden are all sidelined for City as the Manchester team is gradually plagued with injuries amidst a schedule packed with domestic fixtures.
“I was feeling it from the first minute,” said De Bruyne after the match at Burnley. “You feel great for 10 games, then you feel OK for 10 games and then the rest you feel like shit.”
On the other hand, De Bruyne, 26, has missed only three of City’s 39 games in all competitions as the Blues still chasing four trophies this season. His workload has been increased by David Silva’s personal circumstances and the sidelining of Yaya Toure, as the latter has been limited to only 89 minutes of Premier League football.
In his appearances, the playmaker has completed 2,975 minutes in a City colours, while also registering the most assists, crosses and through balls in the division and covering more ground than many players do in a season.
“You know, we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do. We’ve only got 15 or 16 players available at the moment so we need to get through it,” added De Bruyne.
The week-long gap between fixtures is City’s longest since the November international break. They will host Leicester at the Etihad on Saturday.
“It will do us a lot of good,” said De Bruyne. “I’m going away, it doesn’t matter where!”