Man City midfielder De Bruyne: Bernardo form set up by big preseason

The Manchester City star injured his knee in training and early reports suggest that he could be out for up to three months, although he is undergoing further tests this week.

His loss will be a major blow to Pep Guardiola after helping City to a record-breaking 100 points last season on the way to the title.

A club statement said the full extent of the injury is not yet known, but the 27-year-old Belgium global was undergoing tests.

De Bruyne left training today on crutches and the club will discuss sending the Belgian to Catalan doctor Ramon Cugat, who Guardiola has leaned on in the past.

The midfielder has not started either of City's matches so far this season, having returned late from the World Cup after helping Belgium secure third place in Russian Federation.

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.

It is a similar injury to the one that he suffered in the 3-1 win over Everton in January 2016.

He also has Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan, who were both brilliant in the 2-0 win over Arsenal on the weekend.

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


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