Kevin de Bruyne suffers knee injury, could miss several months

Kevin de Bruyne suffers knee injury, could miss several months

Manchester City confirm that Kevin De Bruyne injured his knee in training on Wednesday and will now undergo a scan.

While the Premier League champions said the extent of the problem was not yet known and they would provide further updates on De Bruyne's condition in due course, sources close to the 27-year-old say he could be sidelined for at least two months.

It is understood that De Bruyne tore the lateral ligament in his right knee during training today.

While the statement released on the Manchester City website said that the severity of the injury had not yet been ascertained, it is being reported by a number of respected sources that the injury indeed serious and could keep him out of action for around three months.

In 2016, he missed 12 games after injuring his right knee during an EFL Cup semi-final victory over Everton.

The Belgian was one of, if not the, most important players for Pep Guardiola's Citizens last season as he racked up 12 goals and 21 assists on their way to a 100-point campaign in the Premier League.

De Bruyne had just returned to training August 6 after helping Belgium to the semifinals of the World Cup in Russian Federation.

With a friendly fixture list, it is not a surprise that City are still just 8/13 (1.62) to claim successive titles, but it is worth noting that Guardiola's side travel to Liverpool in October and will certainly be hoping De Bruyne is fit for that contest.

But the importance of De Bruyne, easily the club's best player in the record-breaking 2017/18 season, can not be overstated.