Kevin de Bruyne: Man City midfielder a doubt for Manchester derby

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Image caption De Bruyne has nine goals and 20 assists in all competitions this season

Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne is a doubt for Sunday's derby against Manchester United with a back injury, says boss Pep Guardiola.

De Bruyne missed his side's FA Cup fifth-round win over Sheffield Wednesday .

Guardiola said he did not know how long the midfielder would be out for.

"Kevin was not fit," added the Spaniard, who revealed De Bruyne had suffered the injury in the Carabao Cup final win over Aston Villa on Sunday.

De Bruyne came on as a substitute in the second half at Wembley.

"It was the last game in the last minute - he fell down in a bad position," said Guardiola. "We don't know how long - hopefully not too much. I don't know right now."

De Bruyne has been arguably City's best player this season and his absence at a critical stage of the campaign would be a setback for the club.

With Liverpool running away with the Premier League title, City are looking to add the FA Cup and Champions League to their EFL Cup success.

They play Newcastle away in the FA Cup quarter-finals while they take a 2-1 lead into the Champions League last 16 tie with Real Madrid at Etihad Stadium on 17 March.

It was announced on Tuesday that City's rearranged home game with Arsenal, which should have been played last weekend, will take place on 11 March and Guardiola will hope De Bruyne is fit by then.

City were far from their vintage best against Wednesday but Sergio Aguero's goal helped them progress.

"The important thing is that we are there in the next round," added Guardiola.

"This was our fourth away game in a row and we have spent a lot of mental energy in the last few games. We didn't concede one shot on target and that means a lot.

"We corrected a few things in the second half and we could have scored more."

Video caption FA Cup: Sheffield Wednesday 0-1 Manchester City highlights