Manchester City may have breezed past Arsenal on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season, but all is not well at the camp of the Cityzens, as star player Kevin De Bruyne was rumoured to have injured himself during training a couple of days ago.
While initial reports stated that the Belgian could require surgery on his right knee, the club has since confirmed that though surgery wouldn’t be needed, he does face a fairly lengthy lay-off.
The Manchester club posted on Twitter the exact extent of the injury – confirming that the midfielder suffered a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) lesion in his right knee, but won’t need surgery to fix it.
The decorated playmaker does, however, face three long months on the sidelines.
The injury does make it a huge blow for the Sky Blues, from whom so much is expected again this season, after they pretty much strolled to the finish line towards the end of the last campaign, which saw them cross the 100-point threshold for the very first time.
One of the players that contributed massively to the cause during the successful domestic run was Kevin De Bruyne, who earned many plaudits for his irresistible performances in City blue.
The 27-year-old was one of the highest rated players of the season in the Premier League, and took that good form over to Russia with his national team Belgium, who finished an impressive third after all was said and done.
While the injury will temporarily dampen the spirits around the Etihad Stadium, there is no reason to worry just yet, as City possess the strength in depth required to cope with an injury to one of their key players even so early on in the season.
Pep Guardiola’s men will take on Huddersfield Town next in the Premier League on Sunday at the Etihad.