Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne is yet to shake off a minor muscle issue and will miss Friday’s Premier League clash with Newcastle United, manager Pep Guardiola said on Thursday.

“He’s still injured but he’s getting better,” Guardiola told a news conference, before adding that the players who were 100 percent fit mentally and physically would 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.”

De Bruyne did not feature in City’s 2-1 defeat by Chelsea last weekend because of the problem, but the Premier League champions are hopeful he can recover ahead of this month’s Champions League final against Chelsea.

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