De Bruyne to miss three months with knee injury

By AFP: Friday, August 17th 2018 at 14:08 GMT +3 | Football
Man City midfielder suffers knee injury in training

Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne, a pivotal figure in Manchester City's title-winning campaign, will be out of action for three months because of a knee injury, the club said Friday.

The 27-year-old midfielder -- who scored eight goals and provided 16 assists as City romped to the title last season -- will not have to undergo surgery on the injury which he suffered in training on Wednesday.

"Manchester City can confirm Kevin de Bruyne has suffered a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) lesion in his right knee," the club said in a short statement on its website.

"No surgery is required, and the midfielder is expected to be out for around three months."