Kevin de Bruyne: Manchester City midfielder out for three months

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De Bruyne suffered damage to the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee during training on Wednesday and flew to Barcelona the following day for tests, which revealed that surgery was not required.

He was a second-half substitute in the 2-0 Premier League-opening victory over Arsenal on Sunday, coming on in the 60th minute.

"Human beings have a limit and sometimes these things happen".

"I can only say, when that happens, [of] the last five games four are away, I think, so when you are maybe playing for the Premier League, four games away is a little bit different".

The Premier League champions have strength in depth in midfield but De Bruyne's injury remains a blow.

And though Guardiola said there was no way of knowing for sure if the short break led directly to his injury, the manager added that it was hard to guard against any of his other players picking up problems.

"We don't just rely on one player".

"Nobody knows, but I'm pretty sure this can influence it".

Kompany: "If I wanna see this team go to the next level, and do even more, every single detail we need to be honest with ourselves and be hard with ourselves".

"I don't know how you can prepare [against that]". We tried to build something good and you did do good.

Reports claimed City had been hopeful that the all-action midfielder would be in contention to make his return as early as the middle of October but the club's latest update confirms he is likely to be out until November at the earliest.

'He's one of those who wants to learn and I think he shows that in his performances - he's keen, he's energetic, he's keeping people on their toes really'. Another player who could step up to the plate is German Ilkay Gundogan who weighed in with six goals in all competitions last season.

'Phil's got great attitude, a great player, and more importantly, I've said before, he's a great lad.

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