Manchester City will miss the services of Kevin De Bruyne when they take on Newcastle United on Friday, head coach Pep Guardiola has revealed.
De Bruyne missed City's 2-1 loss to Chelsea last week with a slight muscle issue and with the Champions League final just a fortnight away, there is obvious concern about his fitness.
Guardiola says the Belgian is still on the sidelines and will not feature against the Magpies.
"He is still injured but he’s getting better,," Guardiola told the club's official website.
"When he is fit he will come to training and the guys who are completely fit with 100% mental and physicality will have a chance to play in the final."
"Before that, we have three games to get information about how the team is and the players to play in the last game of the season."
The Citizens were crowned the Premier League champions on Tuesday night after Manchester United suffered a 2-1 loss to Leicester City. Guardiola was asked if that could impact his team selection against Newcastle United he said,"Is what it is. It’s important to win the title no matter what."
"Our next game is Newcastle then Brighton and Everton. Then last game is against Chelsea and the best way to prepare for the final is to train good every day."
Guardiola also revealed how much he appreciated the texts he received from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti.
"I appreciate a lot Jurgen's and Ancelotti's texts," said Pep.
"I couldn’t answer the messages yet but I will do today. I appreciate and admire them.
"Of course Jurgen was an inspiration for me, he made the teams with Dortmund and Liverpool and made me think a lot.
"I’d like to say thank you so much, I appreciate it a lot from him and Carlo."
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"When he's fit, he'll come to training. The guys who are completely fit will have the chance to play the #UCLFinal . We give information to the players to play the last games of the season."
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