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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 September 2018

Manchester City sweat over Kevin de Bruyne fitness

Belgian midfielder 'undergoing tests on his right knee after sustaining an injury at training on Wednesday'

An injured Kevin de Bruyne, in black, will be greatly missed by Manchester City. Getty Images
An injured Kevin de Bruyne, in black, will be greatly missed by Manchester City. Getty Images

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne could face a spell on the sidelines after injuring his right knee in training, the Premier League champions said Wednesday.

The 27-year-old, who enjoyed a superb World Cup as Belgium reached the semi-finals, is undergoing tests to assess the seriousness of the injury.

"Kevin de Bruyne is undergoing tests on his right knee after sustaining an injury at training on Wednesday," read a club statement on its website.

"The extent of the problem is not yet known and we will bring you further updates on Kevin's condition in due course."

De Bruyne, who has been at City since 2015, scored eight goals and provided 16 assists last season in a series of dynamic performances for the champions.

According to www.metro.co.uk, De Bruyne faces around two months out after suffering the injury when he caught his studs in the turf before leaving the training ground on crutches.

The Daily Telegraph said he had suffered knee ligament damage similar to the injury he sustained in a league game with Everton in January 2016 and which kept him out of the team for two months.

Due to being given three weeks off following the World Cup he did not play a role in the Community Shield win against Chelsea but came on for a cameo role of half an hour in the 2-0 opening Premier League victory over Arsenal last Sunday.

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