Manchester City to continue title defence without star man Kevin De Bruyne

Manchester City’s player of the season Kevin De Bruyne is expected to miss up to three months of the season after injuring his knee during a training session.

The Belgium midfielder flew to Barcelona for a consultation with Dr Ramon Cugat earlier in the week and the club confirmed he would miss up to three months with the knee injury but would not require surgery.

Despite the news of Kevin De Bruyne’s injury, City are still odds-on favorites for the title at all the beste bookmakers and with good reason. The Centurions finished top by a significant 19 points last season and with fantastic strength in depth the Blues should have enough quality to cope with the absence of De Bruyne.

Manager Pep Guardiola will be assessing his options after discovering the news about De Bruyne’s injury and could look to Portuguese midfielder Bernado Silva to play more prominently in a central role similar to where he played in preseason when De Bruyne wasn’t available. With David Silva only just returning from injury, Guardiola will most likely give more minutes to Ilkay Gundogan and teenager Phil Foden.

The Blues kick off their home campaign this Sunday against Huddersfield Town and will be hoping to make it two wins out of two after their opening day win at Arsenal. City looked comfortable in the 2-0 win at the Emirates whereas opponents Huddersfield endured a 3-0 thumping at home to Maurizio Sarri’s new look Chelsea.

With Huddersfield one of the favorites for relegation all signs point to a home win however the sides have drawn 0-0 in two of the last four meetings between the two clubs.

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