Manchester City star Kevin De Bryne faces a lengthy stint on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury at training.
The midfielder will have tests on a right knee injury he suffered at training on Wednesday.
It is understood De Bruyne could miss at least two to three months of the season.
De Bruyne attended the premier of Manchester City’s documentary ‘All or Nothing’ on crutches.
The playmaker was City’s Player of the Season last term, scoring 12 goals and providing 21 assists as his side won the Premier League and EFL Cup.
In 2016, the Belgium missed 12 games after injuring his knee during the EFL Cup semi-final victory over Everton.
The injury will come as a blow to City, who are trying to defend their Premier League crown.
Manager Pep Guardiola aimed to sign a central midfielder in the summer, but failed in his attempts to sign Jorginho, who joined Chelsea instead.
This year the English transfer window closed before the start of the Premier League season.
The De Bruyne injury will only reinforce the need for the transfer window to return to its September 1 deadline, because if it were still open City would have the opportunity to purchase a replacement.