Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne won’t be involved against Arsenal this weekend, according to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.

England's midfielder Bukayo Saka (L) and Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne fight for the ball during the UEFA Nations League football match between Belgium and England, on November 15, 2020 at Den Dreef stadium in Louvain. (Photo by VIRGINIE LEFOUR/BELGA/AFP via Getty Images)
England’s midfielder Bukayo Saka (L) and Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne fight for the ball during the UEFA Nations League football match between Belgium and England, on November 15, 2020 at Den Dreef stadium in Louvain. (Photo by VIRGINIE LEFOUR/BELGA/AFP via Getty Images)

Speaking to the media after announcing his latest set of call-ups for the September international break, Roberto Martinez revealed that Kevin De Bruyne wouldn’t be joining their squad for the upcoming fixtures.

The Belgium boss went on to add that despite featuring against Tottenham Hotspur, De Bruyne isn’t going to play for Manchester City against Arsenal on Saturday.

“Kevin is not available,” Martinez said. “As you know he had some minutes against Tottenham. But after that game he still felt some pain (in the ankle). He’s taking a different route now. He’s not gonna be playing this weekend. The idea is to see how his injury progresses.”

For any other team, the absence of De Bruyne would be a major boost for their opponents. But we know that Manchester City have a mass of £50m signings ready to fill in whenever one of their starters picks up a knock.

Even without De Bruyne, Pep Guardiola’s side are going to prove a huge test for Arsenal. They’re going to have to be as good as they were in the 6-0 win on Wednesday and more to even get a result.

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