De Bruyne set for long layoff after training injury

Doug Mendoza
August 16, 2018

The former Wolfsburg player has been City's talisman since joining the club in August 2015, and was many pundits' choice for Player of the Year during the 2017/18 season as he guided Manchester City to a 100-point total and a Premier League title.

The 27-year-old reached the World Cup quarter-finals with Belgium in Russian Federation this summer and did not return to training until 6 August, a day after City's victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield.

Manchester City appear to have been hit with a major injury blow just a week into the season - with reports that Kevin De Bruyne has suffered a knee injury during a training.

"We don't just rely on one player".

The 27-year-old notched up 12 goals and 21 assists last term to help the Etihad giants win the league and the EFL Cup.

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Should De Bruyne be ruled out for two months as has been reported, City will be without him for Premier League games against Huddersfield Town, Wolves, Newcastle United, Fulham, Cardiff City and Brighton and Hove Albion, plus the first couple of Champions League group stage fixtures.

The worst case scenario for De Bruyne would be a cruciate ligament injury - the same injury suffered by Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - which, at the very least, requires a nine month recovery period.

Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva grabbed the goals at the Emirates Stadium to give the reigning champions the flawless start to the new campaign.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and his wife Cristina Serra were spotted at the city center where they went to sample the fine dining at the Spaniard's restaurant on Tuesday evening. We keep going. We are satisfied for many, many reasons.

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