Manchester - Belgian
star Kevin De Bruyne, a pivotal figure in Manchester City's
title-winning campaign, will be out of action for three months because
of a knee injury, the club said Friday.
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The 27-year-old midfielder - who scored eight goals and provided 16
assists as City romped to the title last season - will not have to
undergo surgery on the injury which he suffered in training on
But his recovery will mean he misses the Premier League clash with
the team many think will be City's main title rivals, Liverpool, on
October 7 and the Manchester Derby on November 11 as well as part of the
Champions League group stage.
"Manchester City can confirm Kevin de Bruyne has suffered a lateral
collateral ligament (LCL) lesion in his right knee," the club said in a
"No surgery is required, and the midfielder is expected to be out for around three months."
De Bruyne, who enjoyed a superb World Cup as Belgium reached the
semi-finals, suffered a similar injury in a league game with Everton in
January 2016 although that kept him out of the team for two months.
He came on for a cameo role of half an hour in the 2-0 opening Premier League victory over Arsenal last Sunday.
While the loss of such a player would be a blow to most clubs, City
have more depth than most thanks to their Abu Dhabi owners spending
generously on players.
The likes of Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Ilkay Gundogan or even the
home grown teenage talent Phil Foden are capable of filling the vacuum.