Manchester City have been dealt a major blow in their title defence as midfielder Kevin De Bruyne suffered a knee injury in training on Wednesday.
De Bruyne was immediately sent for tests on suspected ligament damage but later appeared with his teammates in Manchester at the premiere of All or Nothing, a documentary about last season’s champions to be aired on Amazon Prime, on crutches and with his right knee heavily strapped.
The extent of the injury is still unknown although there are fears the Belgian international could be out for up to three months.
“We do not know the severity of the situation yet, and until all the examinations are complete we cannot comment,” a City spokesman said.
In 2016, he missed 12 games after injuring his right knee during an EFL Cup semi-final victory over Everton.
De Bruyne was City’s player of the season last term, scoring 12 goals and providing 21 assists as his side won the Premier League and EFL Cup.