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EXCLUSIVE: Kevin De Bruyne’s right knee injury was ‘very nearly’ much worse

Manchester City confirmed today that midfielder Kevin De Bruyne will be out for ‘around three months’ after suffering a lateral collateral ligament lesion in his right knee – but it was almost much worse for the talismanic Belgian.

City Watch has learned that De Bruyne ‘very nearly’ required surgery on his knee, which would have ruled the 27-year-old out for at least six months and up to a year, potentially having a catastrophic effect on City’s ambitions this season.

De Bruyne flew to Barcelona yesterday to be examined by Dr Ramon Cugat and received some treatment from the world-renowned expert in knee injuries. The City star was said to be in considerable pain and suffering soreness in his knee.

During his recovery and rehabilitation, De Bruyne is expected to return to Dr Cugat at least twice for further treatment and City’s medical staff will hope to get him back on the pitch within three months.

Three months is a long time for City to be without their star midfielder, but it could have been so much worse and Blues can expect Kevin De Bruyne back before the hectic festive period.

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