Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne will be out for the next few months with a suspected knee ligament injury and is to be treated by specialists in Barcelona, as reported by the Manchester Evening News.
This injury is bitter news to swallow for the player, club and fans alike. Last season, the Belgian was instrumental in City’s Premier League title triumph and will have been hoping to pick up where he left off this time around.
City boss Pep Guardiola is fortunate to have a squad stocked with enough top level talent to cope with the 27-year-old’s absence. The likes of Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez could all step into De Bruyne’s breach effectively.
Young star Phil Foden may even hope to gain some further experience and playing time as part of the cover plan whilst De Bruyne is sidelined.
In the wake of the injury news, many Man City fans took to Twitter to wish De Bruyne well and express their faith in the squad to rise to this crisis.
KDB has played 186 games since 2012 and created 539 chances in that time. 79 Assists to go along with that. Huge miss.
— TheMCFCView (@TheMCFCView_) August 16, 2018
KDB out Bernardo silva in believe in the boy
— Alameen (@Alameen457) August 16, 2018
With KDB out Bernardo will have more of a prominent role in midfield. Gundogan will need to step up. Mahrez may well be pushed in midfield. This is why you need a world class squad #mcfc
— Raza (@Raza_MCFC) August 16, 2018
Bernardo can be KDB for 2 months. Let him excel
— Emily (@ManCityEmily) 15 August 2018
Not good news about KDB , but game time for foden ? Hopefully the lad can step up !
— niall mesh mcfc (@niallmesh) 15 August 2018
We thought he was the long term successor to El Mago. He’s the short term successor to KdB right now! Has a point or two to prove, I’m sure.
— Tijø (@OMGitsTijo) August 16, 2018