Kevin De Bruyne faces three months on sidelines after suffering freak injury

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Pep Guardiola will be hoping early prognosis of his midfielder’s injury are not true when test results disclose how long the Belgian is expected to spend on the sidelines.

Manchester City talisman Kevin De Bruyne could be missing from action for up to three months after picking up a knee injury in training on Wednesday.

The Citizens opened their 2018-2019 Premier League campaign with a 2-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday and will host Huddersfield Town at the Etihad this Sunday.

De Bruyne is set to miss the Huddersfield game after sustaining a knee injury in training on Wednesday.

Going by early signs, the Belgian midfielder could spend up to three months on the sidelines and might not return till late November, ruling him out of the Manchester derby on 11th November.

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He will be fully accessed this week to ascertain the full extent of the injury before being sent to see Barcelona-based specialist Dr Ramon Cugat, who once handled De Bruyne in 2016 as well as Benjamin Mendy last year and many of the club’s injured players.

It is believed he hurt the lateral ligament in his knee during the training session as City and Guardiola now patiently await news on how long they will be without their best player last season.

He was spotted using crutches while attending the premiere of City’s Amazon ‘All or Nothing’ documentary.

The club have gone on to release a statement confirming the midfielder will undergo further tests to assess the injury. “Kevin De Bruyne is undergoing tests on his right knee after sustaining an injury at training on Wednesday,”

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“The extent of the problem is not yet known and we will bring you further updates on Kevin’s condition in due course.”

De Bruyne suffered a similar injury against Everton in January 2016 returning to action in a 4-0 win against Bournemouth on 2nd April after two months on the sidelines.

The 27-year-old played a pivotal role as City cruised to a Premier League title win in record-breaking style last season.

De Bruyne’s impressive run of form earned him a spot in the PFA Team of the Year, winning the Premier League Playmaker of the Season award for his 16 assists last season.

The Belgian international also finished second behind Mo Salah for the PFA Player of the Season award.

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City will clearly miss the services of the De Bruyne but in his absence Pep Guardiola can rely on Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva, Bernando Silva and Phil Foden despite missing out on additional midfield cover this summer.