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Kevin De Bruyne expected to miss Derby Clash

will miss Manchester City's crucial clash against local rivals Manchester United.

“It is a muscular problem,” said City manager Pep Guardiola. The Belgian midfielder left the pitch in the first half of last Saturday's match against Tottenham.

“We see day by day but he [De Bruyne] is not available tomorrow.

“Unfortunately he was injured and then another one and then another one.

“He had two or three muscular problems as a consequence of his knee.”

Guardiola still expects De Bruyne to return before the end of the season.

Can Manchester City hang on to win its second Premier League in a row?

The Sky Blues sit just a point below Liverpool on the Premier League table with a game in hand. Wednesday's derby clash against the Red Devils is a must-win if City wants to secure its second consecutive Premier League title.

Admitted Guardiola: “We are fighting with the best Liverpool ever, one of the best teams I've seen in my life.”

However, Liverpool is not expecting Man United to do them any favors. Quipped , “They need to do themselves a favor.”

Should the Citizens drop points, the title will be in Liverpool's hands.

Watch the game 2 PM EST via NBCSN

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