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Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne will be out for 10 weeks after suffering medial knee ligament and ankle damage against Everton on Wednesday.
The Belgian came off the bench to score one goal and set up another for Sergio Aguero in City's 3-1 Capital One Cup second leg victory over the Toffees at the Etihad Stadium, but was then carried off on a stretcher after getting his studs caught in the turf following an innocuous collision with Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori, and then twisting his knee awkwardly.
"Just got back from the specialist. I'll be out for around 10 weeks," De Bruyne wrote on Twitter.
"I'll work hard on my recovery and hope to be back on the pitch as soon as possible. Thank you all for the supportive messages!"
His agent, Patrick De Koster said: "Kevin is sad. His dream is to always be playing football. He will miss games like the League Cup final and in the Champions League, which are important.
“But he knows City are a good team, that the other players will do what they have to do, and maybe win the game for him, and also that injuries are what happens in football.
“He is sad, of course, but he told me, ‘this happens in football and the only thing I can do is to work hard and to come back’.”
Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles has apologised to De Bruyne for accusing the former Wolfsburg midfielder of play-acting, and attempting to pick the player up from the floor following the incident.
Robles tweeted: "I would like to apologise to Kevin De Bruyne for my reaction to his injury. In the heat of the moment I didn't realise he was badly hurt.
"I wish him all the best and a speedy recovery."
Pellegrini says Aguero " is back to his best" following his winner against the Toffees, that secured a 3-2 aggregate win and set up a Capital One Cup final date against Liverpool at Wembley on 28 February.
The Argentine has scored seven goals in his last seven games, including four in his last three, following a long lay-off with a hamstring injury.
Asked whether the 27-year-old was back to his best, Pellegrini said: "Yes, I think so. The last two games he's scored two goals in each game.