Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne out for 10 weeks with injury
Manchester City forward Kevin De Bruyne says he could be out for as much as 10 weeks with ankle and knee injuries.
The Belgium international had to be stretchered off in serious pain towards the end of City's victory over Everton in the Capital One Cup semi-final on Wednesday.
The 3-1 score secured a Wembley final date against Liverpool on February 28 and City faced an anxious wait for the latest on the extent of De Bruyne's injury.
De Bruyne posted the diagnosis on Twitter, thanking fans for the support.
Earlier in the day De Bruyne's manager, Patrick de Koster, told Sky Sports News HQ that he is sad after scans revealed the extent of the injury.
"I spoke with him earlier and he's a little bit sad because he's got a tear in the ankle and in the lateral in his knee ligaments," De Koster said.
"He wants to play football and he will miss important games - the final and Champions League games. It's something that can arrive in football and the only thing to do is work hard and come back."
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.
After the match, City manager Manuel Pellegrini told Sky Sports: "I am optimistic he will not be out for the rest of the season. He has been very important to us all season."
Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles said sorry on Wednesday evening for attempting to pick De Bruyne up after he went down injured.
Robles tweeted: "I would like to apologize to Kevin De Bruyne for my reaction to his injury. In the heat of the moment I didn't realize he was badly hurt. I wish him all the best and a speedy recovery."