Manchester City player Kevin de Bruyne has been ruled out of the squad for six weeks following a hamstring problem.
De Bruyne suffered the injury during the midweek clash with Aston Villa and was forced off an hour into the 2-0 victory for his side.
The Belgian star, who has been in excellent form this season netting three goals and providing ten assists, will miss City’s crucial encounter against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
City visit Anfield in a Premier League clash against Liverpool on February 7 and will face the Spurs six days later.
Pep Guardiola’s side will also face Arsenal on February 21 which De Bruyne will also not likely attend.
“It’s a big blow, isn’t it? It is but we have to move forward,” said Guardiola, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Cheltenham in the FA Cup.
“I’m not saying anything that anyone doesn’t know, it is unfortunate for him and for us and we have to find a solution because everyone in their own life is struggling in the situation we are living and we have to adapt.”
De Bruyne’s absence will be a huge blow to City who are also without Sergio Aguero.
Aguero is currently self isolating after contracting COVID-19.