Extent of Kevin De Bruyne injury confirmed ahead of Man Utd vs Man City
Kevin De Bruyne is winning his battle to face Manchester United in this weekend's derby showdown at Old Trafford.
The Manchester City ace damaged his back during his side's Carabao Cup final triumph over Aston Villa at Wembley on Sunday.
The Belgium superstar fell awkwardly and was forced to miss Wednesday night's FA Cup fifth round win at Sheffield Wednesday.
City boss Pep Guardiola revealed the problem following the 1-0 win and admitted De Bruyne was a doubt for the trip to face United.
But it is understood the injury is not as bad as club bosses first feared – and that De Bruyne will be fit to line-up against City's bitter rivals and neighbours on Sunday.
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City find themselves a staggering 22 points behind league leaders Liverpool in the title race – but Guardiola remains desperate to finish second.
The Spaniard is also out for revenge on United, who have beaten City twice at the Etihad this season and are locked in a crucial battle to secure a top four finish and Champions League qualification.
De Bruyne is having another stand-out season with City and Guardiola will be keen to have the attacking midfielder available as his side look to stay on a winning roll.
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City have won their last five games, including crunch clashes with Leicester, Real Madrid and Villa and John Stones wants his men to keep the momentum going.
Stones said: "We've had great results out of these games and we can't rest on that.
"I think we're building momentum.
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"We've got to be confident within ourselves and know what we're capable of, but we're humble about it, which is a great way to go about yourself.
"It was a tough night at Hillsborough and to keep the momentum going against difficult opposition, coming off the back of those two games.
"These are very positive signs for us."
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