EPL: Manchester City suffer major injury blow

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Man City have confirmed on their official website that De Bruyne is undergoing tests on a knee injury and are waiting for more updates.

De Bruyne, 27, previously ended up missing over two months with his previous injury, which occurred in a clash with Everton's then goalkeeper Joel Robles.

He was a second-half substitute in the 2-0 Premier League-opening victory over Arsenal on Sunday, coming on in the 60th minute.

Their fifth match of the season is at home to Fulham on 15 September, with their first Champions League group game to take place on 18 or 19 September.

However, while he will be missed if forced out of action, City have enough creative players to soften the blow of losing their star-man.

And The Times report that De Bruyne himself had a worrying reaction after he picked up the injury in training.

But the importance of De Bruyne, easily the club's best player in the record-breaking 2017/18 season, can not be overstated.

"He can play right back, as a false 9... he is one of the most intelligent players in our team". "Obviously it's a big loss but we've got more than enough cover".

Last term, he laid on an incredible 16 assists for his teammates and won the first ever Premier League "Playmaker of the Season" award.

When Manchester City bought Bernardo Silva from Monaco for £43.7m last summer, they were acquiring a player who had performed brilliantly in Ligue 1 as a right winger, albeit one tucked infield onto his stronger left foot. He was maybe the main man for us last season.

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