Kevin De Bruyne
Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been ruled out for three months, the club have confirmed.
City confirmed that De Bruyne, who injured the knee in training, has damaged the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) in his right knee and, while he will not require surgery, will miss three months of the season.
“Manchester City can confirm Kevin De Bruyne has suffered a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) lesion in his right knee,” read a statement on the club’s website.
“No surgery is required, and the midfielder is expected to be out for around three months.”
De Bruyne played the final half hour as City began their Premier League title defence with a 2-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday, having only recently returned to training following Belgium’s run to the World Cup semi-finals.
He fired eight goals and made 16 assists as City romped to the league title with a record-breaking 100 points last season.
Kevin De Bruyne seen on crutches at Manchester City documentary premiere on Wednesday night
WHAT GAMES COULD DE BRUYNE MISS?
Should De Buryne’s recovery go to plan, City can expect the midfielder to return to action after the international break in November.
Pep Guardiola’s men take on West Ham at the London Stadium on November 24. Here are the games he will miss.
August 25: Wolverhampton Wanderers (a)
September 1: Newcastle United (h)
September 15: Fulham (h)
September 22: Cardiff (a)
September 29: Brighton (h)
October 7: Liverpool (a)
October 20: Burnley (h)
October 28: Tottenham (a)
November 3: Southampton (h)
November 11: Manchester United (h)
September 18/19: Champions League group stage, match one.
October 2/3: Champions League group stage, match two.
October 23/24: Champions League group stage, match three.
November 6/7: Champions League group stage, match four.
League Cup games have not been included due to his likely non-participation if he were fit.