Manchester City have been dealt the dreaded news that Kevin De Bruyne may be out of action for up to a month after suffering a fresh knee injury in the 2-0 League Cup against Fulham.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah, on loan from Manchester United, landed on De Bruyne’s left knee which forced the Belgium international to be substituted in the 85th minute.
According to The Telegraph’s James Ducker, City have run tests on the playmaker’s injury and believe the damage will keep him out of action for up to six weeks.
That means De Bruyne will miss the Manchester Derby which takes place next Sunday at the Etihad.
This will come as a big blow to City manager Pep Guardiola, who has already been without his star player for two months after suffering an injury to his right knee in August.
But City don’t need to worry like most teams. They boast an incredible squad depth and while De Bruyne is one of their better players, they have a number of alternatives that can step in.
Though it’s not as if City haven’t got alternative options of high quality. They coped rather well without De Bruyne this season, so this won’t make life much easier for United next week.
But last season De Bruyne was responsible for 8 goals and 16 assists in the Premier League, as per WhoScored.
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