Manchester City have been hit with a major blow after Kevin de Bruyne suffered a knee injury in training on Wednesday.
The Belgian midfielder who starred in Man City’s Premier League title win last season is believed to have injured the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) in his right knee.
De Bruyne was crucial to the club’s title win last term, making 52 appearances in all competitions.
There are fears that the midfielder could be set to spend up to three months on the sidelines.
De Bruyne took part in a gym session with his City teammates on Wednesday morning at the club’s City Football Academy.
However, he suffered the injury during an outdoor session after lunch.
“Kevin De Bruyne is undergoing tests on his right knee after sustaining an injury at training on Wednesday,” reads a statement by the club.
“The extent of the problem is not yet known and we will bring you further updates on Kevin’s condition in due course.”
The 27-year-old is currently on crutches and there are suggestions that after meeting with doctors in Manchester on Tuesday evening he will fly to Catalunya to meet with specialists on Thursday.
Early indications suggest it may be similar to the injury he picked up in early 2016, which saw him miss 12 matches for the club and kept him out of action for 63 days.
If the injury is indeed as serious, then that will keep the playmaker out of action until mid-October.