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Kevin De Bruyne to miss Manchester derby and be out for at least a month – report

Having only just returned from a long-term injury, Kevin De Bruyne fears he will miss at least a month of action with a new knee injury, the Telegraph reports.

The 27-year-old was forced off in last night’s Carabao Cup fourth round win over Fulham after Timothy Fosu-Mensah accidentally landed heavily on his knee. The Belgian was able to walk off unsupported before going straight down the tunnel for checks.

Having assessed his knee, City’s medical staff have revealed the damage is serious enough to keep De Bruyne out for around a month and possibly up to six weeks.

If confirmed, this will certainly rule De Bruyne out of next week’s derby against Manchester United and as well as games against Southampton, Shakhtar Donetsk, West Ham, Lyon and Bournemouth.

Should De Bruyne’s absence stretch to six weeks he would also be absent for fixtures against Watford, Chelsea, Everton and Hoffenheim.

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