Tests have revealed the 27-year-old does not need an operation but the Premier League champions will have to make do without their star playmaker until around mid-November.
That means the Belgium international will miss City’s first four Champions League group fixtures as well as potentially crucial domestic games at Liverpool and Tottenham on October 7 and 28 respectively.
It also seems unlikely he will be fit for the first derby of the season against Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on November 11.
A club statement read: “Manchester City can confirm Kevin De Bruyne has suffered a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) lesion in his right knee.
“No surgery is required, and the midfielder is expected to be out for around three months. Everyone at City wishes him a speedy return to action.”
City are next in action against Huddersfield at the Etihad this Sunday.
Pep Guardiola described Raheem Sterling as “devastated” by a costly miss in Manchester City‘s 1-1 Premier League draw at Burnley last season.
The City boss painted an impassioned portrait of Sterling’s feelings and his battle to sharpen his finishing in Amazon’s newly-released fly-on-the-wall documentary ‘All or Nothing: Manchester City’.
City broke a host of records en route to Premier League glory last term but suffered a rare slip at Turf Moor on February 3.
England forward Sterling struck 23 goals for City in all competitions last term but continues to be criticised for his finishing. In the wake of that Burnley draw, when Sterling missed from close range, manager Guardiola was shown praising the player’s attitude in an extended discussion with coach Mikel Arteta.
“Yesterday I talked with Raheem and I must say, he’s such a good guy,” Guardiola told Arteta.
“I said, ‘Were you annoyed?’ He said, ‘Devastated’.
“I told him, ‘We didn’t lose because of you’.
“He said, ‘We lost because of my fault, of my s***. It would have been 0-2’.
“And I said to him, ‘Just so you know, I changed you because of the mistake. You can’t miss a chance like that. I expect you not to make mistakes. You can’t miss that one’.
“And he said, ‘You’re right. I can’t make that mistake. I can’t’.”
Amazon’s eight-part documentary of City’s extraordinary season, released on Friday, lifts the lid on life in Guardiola’s dressing room.
The animated boss is seen telling his players to “hate me” after drawing at Crystal Palace while his half-time team talk during the Carabao Cup final at Wembley is both passionate and inspirational.
Snippets of a touchline row with then Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger during that game are also shown, as is some footage of the tunnel fracas during City’s shock FA Cup loss to Wigan. Fabian Delph is also seen slamming the dressing room door after his sending off.
The attack on the City bus by Liverpool supporters as the team arrived at Anfield for their Champions League quarter-final in April is also covered. As was reported at the time, Guardiola did sarcastically say, “Thank you for protecting us,” as he stepped off the bus, although it was not clear whom he was speaking to.
Also in the documentary, the likes of Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus offer insights into their recoveries from injury while Vincent Kompany shows much of his character.
The City captain comes across well as he speaks to a group of children about Nelson Mandela and he shows his family side by watching Manchester United’s loss to West Brom – the result that confirmed City as champions – on TV with his in-laws.
Harry Kane goes into Tottenham‘s clash with Fulham on Saturday seeking once more to end his bizarre August goalscoring drought.
The England captain’s early-season woes continued when he failed to score in last week’s opening win over Newcastle.
Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at Kane’s record in August, as well as other similar statistical anomalies.
Waiting for September
Following the Newcastle game, Kane has now played 14 Premier League games in the season’s first month – failing to score in 990 minutes of football and 45 shots.
His August malaise extends to all competitions and last season Kane explicitly referenced the date after breaking his duck with a brace for England against Malta on September 1, suggesting it is becoming a psychological barrier.
He scored 13 goals in eight games that month, including six in the league, and now has nine goals in Premier League games in September at a rate of one every 91 minutes.
He has five in only seven games in October and double figures in every other month, with his highest tally being 17 in 23 games in December and his best record 12 in 12, and a goal every 77 minutes, in March.
Kane’s not alone
Among the top 50 scorers in the Premier League since its rebranding in 1992, only Kane and Ian Wright have a barren month on their record.
Wright scored 113 Premier League goals – 104 for Arsenal and nine for West Ham – but none of them came in the month of February.
Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has scored 69 Premier League goals but none in September while West Ham striker Andy Carroll is the highest goalscorer with more than one such month, with 53 goals but none in September – injury means that will not change this season – or May.
The quartet are the only players with 50 Premier League goals to their name to have a blank month.
Spurs’ slow starters
Curiously, the August blues are not unique to Kane among Tottenham’s current squad.
Christian Eriksen’s 41 Premier League goals and Son Heung-min’s 30 have also all come after the calendar turned over to September.
Since Kane’s debut in 2012, Tottenham have played 18 matches in August and scored 21 goals, with 13 scorers including defenders, holding midfielders, less prolific strikers than Kane – and even one player who has never been on the club’s books, with Michy Batshuayi contributing an own goal while playing for Chelsea.
Spreading the load
Should Kane score against Fulham on Saturday or Manchester United on August 27, he will finally join 221 players who have scored in all 10 months of the Premier League season.
Wayne Routledge achieved the feat in the space of just 16 goals for Swansea, having not scored in his first six top-flight campaigns.
Among active Premier League players, Chelsea’s Victor Moses has done so with the fewest total goals – 20, beaten only by Routledge and former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender Ugo Ehiogu (19).
Three other players – Watford striker Troy Deeney, Bournemouth winger Junior Stanislas and Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur – have the same opportunity as Kane this month but suspension ends Everton defender Phil Jagielka’s chances.
Just three players – former Newcastle and Manchester United striker Andy Cole and Chelsea and Arsenal’s respective record scorers Frank Lampard and Thierry Henry – can boast double-figure totals for all 10 months.