Current Premier League Champions Manchester City are dealt with a major injury blow after the club confirmed that star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne will be out of action for at least three months with a crucial knee injury.

Belgian international, Kevin De Bruyne played a pivotal role in Manchester City’s title-winning season in the previous campaign.

The 27-year-old midfielder — scored eight goals and provided 16 assists as City romped to the title last season — will not have to undergo surgery on the injury which he suffered in training on Wednesday.

“Manchester City can confirm Kevin de Bruyne has suffered a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) lesion in his right knee,” the club said in a short statement on its website.

“No surgery is required, and the midfielder is expected to be out for around three months.

Kevin De Bruyne was awarded Premier Leagues’s ‘Best Playmaker’ award last season, becoming the first player in league history to win the award after it was launched last year.

Pep Guardiola led Manchester City will be hoping De Bruyne returns to action soon as they look to defend their title this season against other potential front-running contenders in Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea.