“We are far away from where we want to be”
His absence will come as a major setback for Guardiola. De Bruyne, 25, has scored two goals this season and set-up countless others to earn huge praise from Guardiola.
The Spanish boss hailed him ‘special’ and reckons he is second only to Lionel Messi when it comes to the best players in the world.
But despite losing one of his most influential stars, Guardiola has warned the rest of the Premier League that City are still nowhere near hitting their peak.
This is despite the fact City have scored 18 league goals already this season and opened up a four point lead at the top of the table.
City boss Guardiola said: “We are far away from where we want to be. If we were close I could just go back home. We are here to get better.