Kevin De Bruyne Withdraws From Belgium Squad Due to Injury

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De Bruyne was forced off against England | Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has withdrawn from the Belgium squad after being deemed not fit enough to feature for his nation against Iceland - which has also made him a doubt for the Cityzens' upcoming tussle with Arsenal.

The 29-year-old started the Red Devils' defeat to England at Wembley in the Nations League on Sunday, but was forced off after 73 minutes and was seen hobbling off the field. De Bruyne then spent time on the sidelines explaining the issue to Roberto Martinez.

Sunday's defeat to England meant the Three Lions replaced them at the top of their Nations League group, with the world's top ranked team dropping down to second.

The Belgium national team have now confirmed on their Twitter that the playmaker has returned to Man City for further tests as he would have been unable to feature against Iceland in their Nations League match on Wednesday.

The brief update read: "Kevin De Bruyne returned to his club. He couldn’t be fit enough to play against Iceland."

Indeed, after Sunday's game against England, Belgium boss Martinez played down the severity of the injury, but did confirm that De Bruyne had felt pain during the match. He said, as quoted by the Independent: “I would not say that Kevin is injured...He said he felt something.

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De Bruyne had a lengthy discussion with Martinez after coming off the pitch | Pool/Getty Images

"It is too early to know what he has, but he did not feel 100 percent [against England]. It was rather a precautionary change.”

This will come as a blow not only for Martinez, but also for Pep Guardiola. His Man City side host Arsenal on Saturday, and there will undoubtedly be concerns regarding KDB's fitness ahead of said crucial game.

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De Bruyne's lack of fitness could make him a doubt for City's game against Arsenal | Pool/Getty Images

On top of this, the Sky Blues also get their 2020/21 Champions League campaign underway the following Wednesday when they host Porto. News of De Bruyne's injury comes after Raheem Sterling was forced to pull out of the England squad through injury early on, with the forward being replaced by Chelsea's Reece James.

It has been a tough start to the season for Guardiola, both in terms of injuries and results. His side currently sit 14th in the Premier League after three games, with just four points to their name.