Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola today confirmed the severity of the knee injury suffered by star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne on Wednesday during training.
Guardiola admitted the 27-year-old is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines and hinted that it was De Bruyne participation at this summers World Cup in Russia that caused the injury.
“Like the doctor said, he will be out two-and-a-half, three months,” said Guardiola.
“Hopefully in that time, he can do as well as possible to get back and help us again.
“He will be a big miss like last season was with Benjamin Mendy – last season Kevin was outstanding and of course you never want it, it is part of the game.
“Sometimes it is normal – the players don’t rest, they come back and have a short recovery and we say ‘come on, let’s go’ – sometimes human beings have a limit.”