Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Kevin de Bruyne “will be out for a while” after he went off injured in Manchester City’s 1-0 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday.
Substitute Riyad Mahrez secured City’s fifth successive top-flight win with a low strike early in the second half after coming off the bench to replace the stricken De Bruyne.
With title rivals Liverpool not in action until Sunday’s Merseyside derby against Everton, City moved two points clear at the summit, albeit having played a game more.
“We made one of the best performances we have played, they were very organised,” Guardiola told BBC Sport.
“But they didn’t have one shot, we defended well from throw-ins and free-kicks. We created a few chances, people should understand how difficult it is to attack 11 players [who are defending]. Thanks to the players, they are absolutely incredible.
“We demand a lot of the players without giving them the time to rest physiologically, that is why it is incredible. No matter what happens this season they deserve my admiration
“Vincent Kompany wasn’t 100% John Stones does not have a big problem, it was a precaution, Kevin [de Bruyne] will be out for a while with a muscular problem, hamstring.”