Manchester City left sweating over Kevin De Bruyne’s fitness after he withdraws from Belgium squad

Manchester City left sweating over Kevin De Bruyne’s fitness for crunch Arsenal clash after the playmaker withdraws from the Belgium squad after hobbling off against England

  • Kevin De Bruyne has pulled out of the Belgium squad for their match with Iceland
  • The midfielder hobbled off the Red Devils’ 2-1 defeat to England on Sunday
  • The Manchester City man is now a doubt for his side’s clash with Arsenal
  • City take on Mikel Arteta’s side having lost their last outing against the Gunners 

Kevin De Bruyne has withdrawn from the Belgium squad to face Iceland on Wednesday and returned to Manchester City.

The Royal Belgian Football Association cited a fitness issue after the City playmaker was substituted after 73 minutes of Sunday’s UEFA Nations League loss to England at Wembley.

The 29-year-old will

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COVID rates in Manchester and Liverpool continue to surge

Shoppers wearing face coverings pass beneath an electronic sign reminding pedestrians to 'act now to avoid a local lockdown' outside the Arndale Centre in Manchester. (Getty)
Shoppers wearing face coverings pass beneath an electronic sign reminding pedestrians to ‘act now to avoid a local lockdown’ outside the Arndale Centre in Manchester. (Getty)

COVID rates in some northern cities have almost doubled in a week, despite local lockdowns coming into force last Wednesday.

The Manchester COVID rate grew to 3,105 new cases recorded in the seven days to 3 October 3 – the equivalent of 561.6 cases per 100,000 people.

The Liverpool COVID rate also increased sharply, from 325.1 to 516.0 with 2,570 new cases, just a week after the north-west local lockdown restricted social mixing for almost two million people.

But leaders in Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Leeds have warned health secretary Matt Hancock that they would not support further “economic lockdowns” and called for new powers to tackle the resurgence.

People queuing outside a walk-in coronavirus test centre at Allerton Library in Liverpool amid rising cases across parts of England. (PA)
People queuing outside a walk-in coronavirus test centre at Allerton Library in Liverpool amid rising
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Women’s FA Cup: Manchester City check Rose Lavelle fitness before Arsenal tie

Rose Lavelle
Rose Lavelle scored in 2019’s Women’s World Cup final against the Netherlands in Lyon
Date: Thursday, 1 October Kick-off: 19:15 BST Coverage: Watch live on BBC Two, BBC iPlayer and online from 19:00

Holders Manchester City are monitoring Rose Lavelle’s improving fitness before Thursday’s Women’s FA Cup semi-final against 14-time winners Arsenal.

Whoever goes through will face Everton at Wembley on 1 November after the Toffees beat Birmingham City 3-0.

United States midfielder Lavelle has yet to play for Man City since arriving in August with a minor ankle injury.

But manager Gareth Taylor hopes to give a debut “over the next couple of games” to the 25-year-old World Cup winner.

“Rose has been training hard,” said Taylor. “What we’re trying to do with her is just make sure she’s ready.

“She’s been really keen to get back in. It’s just been a case of keeping the reins on her

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