Kevin De Bruyne expects Manchester City to deliver despite star absentees

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Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne says his side cannot blame any potential slip ups on the absence of key men Sergio Aguero and David Silva.

Both players were injured on international duty, with Aguero tearing a hamstring while featuring for Argentina and Silva out for 15 days with an ankle knock suffered against Luxembourg.

De Bruyne, though, believes they have enough quality across their squad to ensure they perform to their highest standards, despite being without last season's Premier League top goalscorer until the middle of November.


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"More people will look at us because we have lost two great players on the attacking front, but I think the other ones are really good players," the Belgium international told Sky Sports.

"It is always a blow when you miss them, but we need to maintain our level and try to win without them.

"It is not an excuse to say at the Etihad we may lose four games because they are not there. If you want to win titles you have to do it with the players you have.

"Sometimes it is more difficult but you have to try to win these games."

Aguero and Silva will definitely miss City's Champions League fixture at home to Sevilla on Wednesday, alongside their derby match with Manchester United at Old Trafford this weekend.

However, Aguero, who has scored eight goals this season, is expected to return in time to face Aston Villa on November 8.

As a result of City's injury problems, the goalscoring burden has been largely placed upon the shoulders of summer signing De Bruyne, Wilfried Bony and Raheem Sterling, the latter scoring a hat-trick against Bournemouth over the weekend.

The trio, all bought during 2015, cost the Citizens a combined £130 million and will be expected to deliver as they look to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League.

It is a chance for Bony and Sterling to step into the spotlight, both of whom impressive against the Cherries. The Ivorian has struggled to find his feet since his January move, owed in part to injuries, but now has the ideal opportunity to announce himself in a City shirt.

City are two points clear in the Premier League, giving the chance for De Bruyne to prove himself as one of the league's signings of the summer, having joined from Wolfsburg for £54 million.

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