Manchester City’s hopes in the current season will most definitely be dented by the news that the clubs prolific striker, Belgian Kevin de Bruyne is set for ten weeks out with a knee injury picked in the win over Everton in the League Cup semi final clash on Wednesday 27 January.
De Bruyne came off the bench on the 65th minute to replace Yaya Toure and impressed in the game, scoring on the 70th minute before setting up Sergio on the 76th minute en route to helping City to a 3 – 1 win that saw the team qualify for the League Cup final but was injured after falling awkwardly in the final minutes.
He was initially thought to be ruled out for six weeks, as earlier stated by his agent Patrick de Koster but the Belgian international has confirmed after seeing a specialist that he will miss ten weeks of action, and in effect 13 matches.
De Bruyne, who joined City from German side Wolfsburg, is City’s second best scorer on 12 goals this season, just four behind leading scorer Sergio Aguero.
Should he be out for the estimated ten weeks, the forward will miss the following matches:
|30 Jan: A v Aston Villa (FA Cup fourth round)|
|2 Feb: A v Sunderland|
|6 Feb: H v Leicester City|
|14 Feb: H v Tottenham Hotspur|
|20-21 Feb: FA Cup fifth round|
|24 Feb: A v Dynamo Kiev (Champions Lg last 16 1st leg)|
|28 Feb: v Liverpool (League Cup final, Wembley)|
|2 Mar: A v Liverpool|
|5 Mar: H v Aston Villa|
|12 Mar: A v Norwich or potential FA Cup sixth-round tie|
|15 Mar: H v Dynamo Kiev (Champions Lg 2nd leg)|
|20 Mar: H v Man Utd|
|2 Apr: A v Bournemouth|