Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne will be out for three months due to a knee injury, the Premier League champions said on Friday.
The Belgium international suffered the injury in training on Wednesday.
And according to City, the 27-year-old has a lateral collateral ligament lesion in his right knee, but does not need surgery.
”We can confirm @DeBruyneKev has suffered a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) lesion in his right knee,” the club said on their Twitter handle.
”No surgery is required, and the midfielder is expected to be out for around three months.”
Manager Pep Guardiola has every reason to be bothered as De Bruyne was City’s player of the season last term, scoring 12 goals and providing 21 assists as his side won the league and EFL Cup.