Manchester City will be without the services of midfielder Kevin De Bruyne after he returned from Belgium with an unspecified knock.
City coach Pep Guardiola confirmed that de Bruyne will not be available for selection when they host Arsenal at the Etihad on Saturday evening. Guardiola, who refused to put a timeframe on De Bruyne's recovered says the Belgian was pushed to the limit by the swift turnaround in the Premie League season as he urged footballing authorities to take steps to reduce players' heavy workload.
"Kevin said he had eight days after last season which was incredibly demanding," he said.
"No pre-season, eight days off, eight days holidays, he was with his family with his newborn, he has to be at home. He cannot go on holiday, rest, he trained here and played really well as always but at the end, the boy has a limit and he gets injured."
"It’s too much. Hopefully, we go with the new ideas the Premier League has, they will point to quality and not quantity – if not we’ll rubbish this incredible sport."
"I never complain about international games. I know how important it is for the players to play for their countries, it’s a privilege and they have to do it," he added.