Man City confirm Kevin De Bruyne out for three months
Belgium midfielder travelled to Barcelona on Thursday for treatment on knee injury
Manchester City have confirmed Kevin De Bruyne will miss three months with a knee injury. Photograph: Henry Romero/Reuters
The midfielder was hurt during a training session on Wednesday.
Tests have revealed the 27-year-old does not need an operation but the Premier League champions will have to make do without their star playmaker until around mid-November.
That means the Belgium international will miss City’s first four Champions League group fixtures as well as potentially crucial domestic games at Liverpool and Tottenham on October 7th and 28th respectively.
It also seems unlikely he will be fit for the first derby of the season against Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on November 11th.
A club statement read: “Manchester City can confirm Kevin De Bruyne has suffered a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) lesion in his right knee.
“No surgery is required, and the midfielder is expected to be out for around three months. Everyone at City wishes him a speedy return to action.”
It is not the first time De Bruyne has had knee trouble having missed nine weeks of the 2015-16 campaign — his first at City — with ligament damage.
De Bruyne had only returned to full training last week after a delayed summer break following the World Cup.
He featured as a second-half substitute in City’s league-opening win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium last Sunday.
City are next in action against Huddersfield at the Etihad this Sunday.