Kevin De Bruyne contributed a great deal to Manchester City making it to the final of the Capital One Cup but the Belgian looks set to miss the Wembley final after scans revealed he could be out for up to six weeks.
The Manchester City play-maker sustained knee ligament damage during Wednesday night’s 3-1 win against Everton.
It will be big loss not to have De Bruyne for the final having scored in every round he played, including the second leg against Everton.
The 24-year-old was forced out in the stoppage time of the victory at the Etihad Stadium after a challenge by Ramiro Funes Mori, with Manuel Pellegrini expected to confirm the extent of the injury in his press conference on Friday.
It comes as a serious blow for City, who have seen De Bruyne add a new attacking dimension since his £54million arrival in the summer.
When asked if him missing the remainder of the was likely, Pellegrini said: ‘I hope not. It is very difficult to know in this moment but I am optimistic he will not be out for the rest of the season. It is not a cruciate ligament, it is the medial ligament.
‘I always said Kevin is a very important player in the whole season. He didn’t start because we have to play nine games in 27 days. I think it is important to have a very good rotation of the squad.’