Why is Kevin De Bruyne not playing for Man City against Huddersfield today and when will he return?

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KEVIN DU BRUYNE has established himself as one of the Premier League’s best playmakers.

The Manchester City star is an integral part of Pep Guardiola’s setup at the Etihad – but won’t be featuring in the City clue for the time being.

Man City have confirmed Kevin De Bruyne has sustained an LCL injury
Man City have confirmed Kevin De Bruyne has sustained an LCL injury
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Why is Kevin De Bruyne not playing for Man City against Huddersfield?

THE Belgian suffered a knee injury whilst preparing for this Sunday’s game against the Terriers.

Immediately clear that the knock was serious, he was sent off to Barcelona for further tests.

And it was confirmed by the club that De Bruyne has suffered ligament damage in his right knee, which will see him out for a considerable time.

No surgery is required on the injury but the playmaker will have to put his feet up to watch his side face David Wagner’s Huddersfield.

Kevin De Bruyne has been ruled out of action for three months
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When will he return?

WITH the severity of his injury, the Belgian won’t be seen in a City shirt for at least two months.

But it could’ve been far worse for De Bruyne, who could’ve been out for nearly a year if he’d completely torn the ligament.

The ex-Chelsea attacker’s agent Patrick De Koster revealed the good news and insisted the injury is the same as the one he suffered in 2016 that sidelined him for 12 City games.

He told Sportza: “I spoke to Kevin, and he confirmed that he had injured his knee in training. It is the same one as previously, and he felt the same way.

“On that occasion no ligaments were torn, and that is the main thing.  If that was the case he would be out for six to nine months.