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17th-Aug-2018

Kevin De Bruyne faces up to three months out after damaging knee ligaments in training

By Agency

Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne could be out for three months after suffering a serious knee injury in training on Wednesday.
There are fears that De Bruyne has torn a lateral ligament in his right knee, which will be a huge blow to manager Pep Guardiola.
The 27-year-old Belgium midfielder, who will have further tests to ascertain the extent of the damage, was pictured on Wednesday night with a full-length brace on his right leg and using crutches.
Despite being injured earlier in the day, he attended the premiere of the Amazon Prime TV documentary Manchester City: All Or Nothing at The Printworks in Manchester city centre.
De Bruyne could miss a dozen Premier League games - including clashes with City's main title rivals Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United - and as many as four Champions League group games.
Kyle Walker, the City and England defender, said: 'Kevin is a great player and it's just unfortunate that it's happened to him in training, but there's more than enough depth in the squad.
'We don't just rely on one player. It's a team game and whoever steps in will do well. Obviously, it's a big loss but we've got more than enough cover.'
De Bruyne suffered a knee injury in 2016 after twisting awkwardly when challenging Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori. On that occasion he was out for nine weeks.