Manchester City dealt a big blow in title race

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has reportedly been ruled out for at least a month after sustaining a knee injury in Thursday’s EFL Cup tie with Fulham.

De Bruyne was forced to miss the majority of the opening two months of the campaign with a knee problem, but the playmaker had successfully come through three outings before taking his place against the Cottagers.

However, the Belgium international was forced off injured during the second half after a coming together with Timothy Fosu-Mensah, leading to immediate concern for Pep Guardiola.

Tests have since revealed that De Bruyne will likely miss the rest of November, ruling the 27-year-old out of next week’s Manchester derby. The report also suggests that De Bruyne may be absent until the middle of December, potentially leaving the player sidelined for the remainder of the Champions League group stages.

“He’s being checked with the doctors so I don’t know right now (how he is),” Guardiola had said at the time, but reports from De Bruyne’s camp on Friday indicate he will be out for a month.

As well as missing Sunday’s home Premier League clash with Southampton and the Uefa Champions League tie with Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday, he will be sidelined for the first Manchester derby of the season against United at the Etihad Stadium on November 11.

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