Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has confirmed he will be out for ten weeks with ankle and knee injuries.
It was initially stated by the player’s representatives that he would be out for six weeks but De Bruyne himself said on Twitter: “Just got back from the specialist. I’ll be out for around 10 weeks.”
And he added: “I’ll work hard on my recovery and hope to be back on the pitch asap. Thank you all for the supportive messages!”
The 24-year-old Belgium international was taken off on a stretcher in the closing stages of City’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg win over Everton on Wednesday.
De Bruyne, who scored one goal and made another on Wednesday night, suffered the injury following an innocuous looking challenge from Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori.
De Bruyne could miss up to 13 league and cup games, including the League Cup final with Liverpool at Wembley on February 28, both legs of the Champions League last-16 tie with Dynamo Kiev and the Manchester derby on March 20.