Pep Guardiola says Cole Palmer has high quality to star in Kevin De Bruyne’s absence

Pep Guardiola insists he has no doubts over the standard of Cole Palmer as he seems for methods to cowl for the absence of Kevin De Bruyne, who might be out for as much as 5 months with a hamstring damage.

De Bruyne is because of go beneath the knife in his native Belgium after pulling up early in City’s Premier League opener at Burnley final Friday, and City needed to do with out their talisman in Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup remaining towards Sevilla, prevailing in a penalty shootout.

Palmer began on the precise wing in Athens and scored City’s equaliser simply after the hour mark, following up his fantastic strike towards Arsenal within the Community Shield, however that has not stopped hypothesis linking the 21-year-old academy product with a transfer away.

As Guardiola revealed fears that De Bruyne might not return to full health till February, he stated Palmer and others might want to present the solutions.

“It’s not necessary to ask how good he is,” Guardiola stated of Palmer. “You don’t need two goals in two finals to define how good he is.

“Cole in the previous season arrived in an extraordinary moment, he defined the game in the FA Cup and then had injuries. He couldn’t be there.

“Playing at City is not easy with Riyad (Mahrez, now departed), Bernardo (Silva) and a lot of players.

“Last season our players in midfield were KDB, who will be four or five months out, (Ilkay Gundogan) who isn’t here, we have to adjust a few things. We’re not at our best, or our top, it’s normal and we adjust a few things but the spirit is there.”

John Stones has been added to the damage record for Saturday’s match at dwelling to Newcastle after sustaining a muscular damage in coaching, whereas Bernardo stays out by means of sickness, however Guardiola expressed optimism that Ruben Dias might return after lacking the Super Cup remaining.

Following a late night time in Athens on Wednesday and the journey dwelling, Guardiola stated his gamers wouldn’t prepare on Friday however as a substitute concentrate on restoration with therapeutic massage and classes within the pool.

“Of course we are ready,” Guardiola stated. “We want a lot of these challenges. Everyone needs to beat us and now we have difficulties for a lot of causes, many vital accidents, the calendar.

“It’s a problem once more, to see if we are able to make a step ahead. If you need to win you want that.

In soccer there are at all times issues, it’s the way you overcome that defines in case you’re a very good workforce or not

Pep Guardiola

“In football there are always problems, it’s how you overcome that defines if you’re a good team or not…

“We went to bed at 4am, arrived here late, today we cannot train – everyone in the pool, massage – we don’t have time.

“We’d love one more day. We accept that this is the challenge. It’s why we won: we overcome these kind of positions. We always had less time to recover.”

Guardiola has his eyes on successful the Club World Cup in December to “take all the titles” after final season’s treble and the Super Cup win, and stated latest successes can encourage his gamers as they take care of the challenges in entrance of them.

“The spirit is there,” he stated. “I know how happy they are. Every day we arrive and see the four trophies in front of us. Wow, how nice is that? How difficult is that? We love it.”

On Friday night, De Bruyne posted a brief message on social media following his surgical procedure with an image of him on crutches.

“The news after the Burnley game was a really big blow for me physically and mentally,” the Belgian stated.

“Now the surgery is done I’m ready to heal my body and get back to work soon. Thank you all for the support.”

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