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Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne sidelined for at least six weeks with knee injury

708   //    29 Jan 2016, 00:40 IST
Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne suffered a serious knee injury during City’s match against Everton

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a serious knee injury during his side’s League Cup semi-final second leg match against Everton. The Belgian playmaker who came on from the bench had changed the course of the match with by scoring one goal and assisting another for Sergio Aguero to send City through to the final of the League Cup.

However, the night was soured for City supporters after the Belgium international injured his knee during the match. There were fears he could be out for the rest of the season though later scans revealed that he is most likely to be out for a period of six weeks.

City boss Pellegrini was “optimistic” that De Bruyne would not be out for rest of the season. “We'll see how important the damage is. It's not the cruciate ligament,” said Pellegrini.

“The doctor thinks, but he cannot be sure, that it's a problem in his medial ligament.”

All this could mean that De Bruyne could miss up to nine matches in the Premier League and the cup competitions. His agent Patrick De Koster told Sky: “Kevin told me the only thing he can do is work hard and come back, Kevin is sad.” 

“His dream is to always be playing football. He will miss games like the League Cup final and in the Champions League, which are important.”

The playmaker who was bought by Manchester City for an eye-watering fee of £55m from Wolfsburg has been in stunning form this season with 12 goals and 9 assists in all competitions. His presence will surely be missed by everyone who has City’s best interests at heart. 

List of games De Bruyne will miss for Manchester City

Date TeamCompetition
30 JanAston Villa (A)FA Cup – 4th round
2 FebSunderland (A)Premier League
6 FebLiecester City (H)Premier League
14 FebTottenham Hotspur (H)Premier League
20/21 FebTBDFA Cup – 5th round
24 FebDynamo Kiev (A)Champions League Ro16
28 FebLiverpool (N)Capital One Cup Final
2 MarchLiverpool (A)Premier League
5 March Aston Villa (A)Premier League

De Bruyne could be involved in a race to get fit for the second leg against Dynamo Kiev with the Manchester derby five days after. Pellegrini will be hoping that the Belgian playmaker who has been integral to his plans so far makes a speedy recovery.

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