Kevin De Bruyne looks set for a lengthy stint on the sidelines (Picture: Getty)Kevin De Bruyne is expected to miss at least eight matches for Manchester City over the coming weeks after suffering a serious knee injury in training.
Belgium playmaker De Bruyne, one of the stars of the Premier League last season, played 30 minutes of Man City’s 2-0 victory over Arsenal last weekend.
Pep Guardiola had hoped that De Bruyne would be fit to feature more prominently this weekend with the defending champions welcoming Huddersfield Town to the Etihad.
But the 27-year-old suffered a knee injury in training on Wednesday which Manchester City fear will rule him out for around two months.
If the initial diagnostics are correct, De Bruyne is likely to return at the end of October, meaning he will miss at least eight Premier League fixtures.
Last season, De Bruyne scored eight goals and made a staggering 16 assists in 37 Premier League appearances as City stormed to the title, amassing 100 points.
THE GAMES KEVIN DE BRUYNE COULD MISS
Huddersfield Town (h) – August 19
Wolves (a) – August 25
Newcastle United (h) – September 1
Fulham (h) – September 15
Cardiff City (a) – September 22
Brighton and Hove Albion (h) – September 29
Liverpool (a) – October 7
Burnley (h) – October 20
Tottenham (a) – October 28
Southampton (h) – November 3
Manchester United (h) – November 11
De Bruyne was superb for champions Manchester City last season (Picture: Getty)Speaking to BBC this week, De Bruyne admitted that Manchester City are unlikely to reach the heights of last season as they attempt to defend the title.
‘Last year was almost perfect,’ he said. ‘If we are going to be champions on the last day, the last kick of the season, then I am also going to be happy.
‘The main focus is on us. The other teams are always going to push us, Liverpool did what we did last year. They have spent a lot of money but wisely.
‘They needed some additions and they have got them in the right places. They saw that they had to up the level to come closer to us and we are trying to maintain what we have done last year. It will be a good battle between the top sides.
‘The top six is always challenging. I don’t make a difference between any team. Liverpool spent the most this year, but last year it was us and Manchester United.
‘Now there are other teams in the Premier League who spend more than us, they have to do what they have to do to be better.’
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