Kevin De Bruyne is going to be out for at least three months after suffering a knee injury. Fortunately, no surgery will be required, Manchester City confirmed. The sensational midfielder injured the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) during a Wednesday training session in his right knee. Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, and Riyad Mahrez played behind Aguero as Kevin De Bruyne entered the game as a substitute during the 60th minute during last weekend’s match against Arsenal where they claimed a 2-0 victory.
Kevin De Bruyne, who was voted Player of the Year for Manchester City last season, only managed to make a return to the club last week after receiving extended time away from the club following his involvement in the Belgium national team during the FIFA World Cup. The former Wolfsburg and Chelsea midfielder missed over two months during the 2015-16 season following a knee injury against Everton during a league tie while playing at Etihad Stadium. Manchester City is scheduled to face off against Huddersfield this coming Sunday in their first fixture for the 2018-19 season.
How will Kevin De Bruyne’s injury affect the team for the next three months?
Manchester City will obviously need to come to terms with the knee injury suffered by Kevin De Bruyne, but how is the team going to cope without their title-winning talisman from last season? Most are backing the star-studded Manchester City squad led by Pep Guardiola and are in high hopes that the team will succeed even though Kevin De Bruyne won’t be involved for at least three months, but will everything be as seamless for Guardiola as predicted?
Manchester City is currently in uncharted waters. After De Bruyne joined the club in 2015, he failed to start a mere 20 games in the Premier League. However, the team will now be left without De Bruyne for a significant chunk of the upcoming season. Whether it be successful passes, second assists, assists, goals, chances created from set pieces, overall chances created, or open play, Kevin De Bruyne has been Manchester City’s standout performer since he arrived in the squad. In fact, without the Belgian influence, Manchester City’s figures take a sharp nosedive in almost every department.
Who will replace Kevin De Bruyne for the next three months?
It should come as no surprise that Pep Guardiola has a wealth of talent to call upon in this situation as he attempts to fill the gap with the recent injury by Kevin De Bruyne. Most teams in the Premier League feature one or two players with the same quality as that of De Bruyne, while Manchester City boasts with three or four. After signing Mahrez, Manchester City possesses an incredible midfielder with the second-most goals in the Premier League since Kevin De Bruyne started his career at the squad. The team also has David Silva, a renowned Spanish player that can easily fill the gap going forward.