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    Kyle Bainbridge: Who can cover for the injured Kevin De Bruyne at Manchester City?

    Manchester City's instrumental midfielder Kevin De Bruyne suffered what is thought to be knee ligament damage during training on Wednesday.

    He has been seen wearing a leg brace while having the use of crutches and is due to undergo more tests to reveal the severity of the injury which is expected to rule the midfielder out for at least 2 months meaning he would miss Manchester City's opening Champions League games and potentially a clash with Liverpool in October.

    In January 2016, De Bruyne injured the same knee against Everton in a Premier League fixture resulting in the Belgian being sidelined for 9 weeks. During this time, Manchester City played 12 matches winning just 4 of them and losing 5.

    Since arriving to Manchester City in 2015, De Bruyne has become a huge hit amongst many City supporters and footballing fans around the world. He was a key part of Pep Guardiola's team last season, helping the club win both the Premier League and Carabao Cup.

    Manchester City scored a record breaking 106 goals last season with De Bruyne contributing to 24 of them, 8 goals and 16 assists. Many Fantasy Football Fans selected De Bruyne in their teams last season and many selected him as captain. They were not to be disappointed as game after game he put in fantastic performances lighting up the Premier League. 

    During the summer, Kevin De Bruyne helped Belgium secure 3rd Place in the World Cup. The "Golden Generation" of Belgium was out to prove a point with the likes of Hazard, Lukaku and Co. joining De Bruyne.

    In the last 16, with the scores at 2-2 in the 90th minute, Japan had a corner only for Courtois to claim the ball and roll it out to De Bruyne who drove into Japan's half and contribute to Belgium’s claiming a winner and help them qualify to the Quarter-Finals. It was in the Quarter-Finals where Belgium beat Brazil 2-1 and De Bruyne scoring the winning goal, in which was one of the goals of the tournament.

    But how well adapt are Manchester City to cope with the loss of one of their key players of last season? Do they have enough depth in his position?

    Riyad Mahrez would be the obvious choice to cover the injured Belgian, who in turn was replaced by De Bruyne in Manchester City’s season opening 2-0 win over Arsenal. Bernardo Silva is another candidate to replace him, having scored on opening day. David Silva, despite his age, still has something to offer the team and Pep Guardiola looks keen on keeping him in the squad rotation which was used for much of last season.

    Pep Guardiola is also keen on giving England youngster Phil Foden a chance in the squad, could this be the perfect opportunity for Pep to introduce Foden into the squad or even give Foden the chance to prove himself worthy of becoming a regular at Manchester City?

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