Manchester City have confirmed that Kevin De Bruyne will be out for three months – but will not face surgery.
De Bruyne injured his right knee in a training ground incident on Wednesday afternoon.
The Belgian international has suffered damage to his lateral collateral ligament (LCL).
De Bruyne underwent tests in Barcelona on Thursday with Dr Ramon Cugat, who oversaw his recovery from a similar injury in January 2016.
Then De Bruyne missed just over two months of the 2016-17 season missing 12 games.
He arrived at the premiere of Manchester City’s All or Nothing documentary on crutches on Wednesday evening just hours after suffering the injury.
The 27-year-old’s City teammate Kyle Walker has backed youngster Phil Foden to shine in De Bruyne’s absence.
“Kevin is a great player and it’s unfortunate what’s happened to him, but we’ve got more than enough cover,” said the England man.
“Phil can play more. He’s got great attitude and he’s a great player. He wants to learn, he’s keen to listen.
“I’ve met a lot of young players throughout my career, who had a chip on their shoulder, but he’s definitely not one of them.
“He’s one of those who wants to learn and I think he shows that in his performances.”
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