Manchester City fear Kevin de Bruyne could be ruled out until Christmas with a serious knee injury.
The Belgian has immediately flown off to Barcelona to receive specialist treatment after being seen on crutches after today’s training session.
The 27-year old missed over two months of action – 12 games – after severely injuring his knee in a game against Everton in 2016 where he caught his studs in the turf, with reports suggesting he did the same today.
With Pep Guardiola’s man off to Barcelona for treatment, he’s expected to be out for at least two to three months and will definitely miss City’s game against Huddersfield on Sunday.
Following the news, Man City released a statement, saying: “Kevin De Bruyne is undergoing tests on his right knee after sustaining an injury at training on Wednesday.
“The extent of the problem is not yet known and we will bring you further updates on Kevin’s condition in due course.”
The news is a major blow for boss Pep Guardiola as City aim to defend their Prem title.
Guardiola opted not to sign a central midfielder in the summer after missing out on Jorginho, who joined Chelsea instead.
Yet had the Spaniard known about De Bruyne’s injury he would have almost certainly entered the transfer market to bolster his midfield engine room.
De Bruyne, who starred for Belgium at the World Cup where they finished in third place after beating England, returned to club action as a second half substitute for the final half an hour in the opening weekend 2-0 win at Arsenal.
The star midfielder missed 12 games when he injured his right knee during an EFL Cup semi-final victory over Everton in 2016.
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.