MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 01: Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City goes down injured during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester City and Fulham at Etihad Stadium on November 1, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola announced Kevin De Bruyne will not return to action for tonight’s game at Watford

The Belgium international has been sidelined twice already this season with long-term injuries with just five appearances having been made for City.

Currently, De Bruyne is recovering from another knee injury which was sustained in City’s 2-0 Carabao Cup win over Fulham last month.

Other doubts are striker Sergio Aguero, who missed last weekend’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth due to a muscle injury, and midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko, who was elbowed in the nose by team-mate Fernandinho in the same game.

“I don’t know (if they can play),” Guardiola told reporters on the club website.

“We have training this afternoon, so I can’t tell you the answer now. Kevin De Bruyne is not ready. The other two I don’t know right now.”

However, with a testing winter schedule ahead of City, Guardiola plans to listen to his players’ thoughts before making any decisions.

“I trust the players,” he said.

“There are a lot of games. Whatever we do, we do in the right moments. Every situation is different.”

City will be hoping to beat Watford tonight at 21:00 (CET) to extend their lead in the Premier League to five points.