Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne out for three months with knee injury

The 27-year-old was hurt during a training session on Wednesday

Manchester City expect Kevin De Bruyne to return from his knee injury within three months after the Belgium midfielder travelled to Barcelona on Thursday for treatment.

De Bruyne sustained the injury in training on Wednesday, and was subsequently pictured on crutches.

Speaking in a recent interview, the 47-year-old said his plans in England are to dethrone the 20-time league champions and rivals United.

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

De Bruyne suffered a similar setback in the 2015/16 season, missing two months then after tearing ligaments in his knee and ankle.

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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.

That means the Belgium worldwide will miss City's first four Champions League group fixtures as well as potentially crucial domestic games at Liverpool and Tottenham on October 7 and 28 respectively.

Reports claimed City had been hopeful that the all-action midfielder would be in contention to make his return as early as the middle of October but the club's latest update confirms he is likely to be out until November at the earliest.

It was believed that the ligament tear would keep him from the Manchester City first team for the next few months and significantly dent their chances of defending their Premier League title.

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