Kevin De Bruyne is not certain to reclaim his starting place when Manchester City host Chelsea this weekend.
It’s believed the move is a precautionary measure to reduce the workload on the Belgian star after suffering a pair of medial knee ligament injuries.
While some reports claim it could be due to tactical reasons citing the assured late cameo against Everton that set up Gabriel Jesus’ to wrap up the win.
— The Star (@staronline) February 8, 2019
And he might have to be content with starting on the bench once more against Maurizio Sarri’s men.
“Maybe, yeah, it’s quite possible, of course, it’s possible,” Guardiola told a news conference via FourFourTwo. “Every player knows, maybe it is quite possible to play him, maybe it is quite possible not to.
“In the end, we judge the players for absolutely who we believe they are, but there are top forms and there are moments when you are not in better condition.
“There are moments when the other team-mates are in better conditions than them. In football what you have done is the past, you have to do it again.”
De Bruyne who was City’s most outstanding performer last season is been carefully managed by Guardiola as they continue their chase for trophies on four fronts.
“We try to control the players. He played the previous two games, I preferred at Everton [for him to play a] few minutes,” he explained.
“What I want from Kevin is to play the last five minutes he played as much as possible. He went out for five minutes, plus the extra time, and he was incredible.
“I want him to sustain that for a long time. I didn’t want him [playing] games, games, games and Gundo [Ilkay Gundogan] has been on top form.”
De Bruyne was just turnioniown 🔥 🔥 🔥 pic.twitter.com/mMfAINbmpZ
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The victory at Everton moved City back to the top of the Premier League for the first time since December on goal difference, although they have now played a game more than nearest rivals Liverpool and Tottenham.