Manchester City's place in the next round of the League Cup could have come at a cost.
Pep Guardiola's men cruised to a 2-0 win over Fulham at the Etihad Stadium tonight but the major talking point was an injury to brilliant Belgian playmaker Kevin de Bruyne.
He fell awkwardly in a challenge and was immediately replaced on only his second start of the season. De Bruyne has only recently returned after a knee injury and fears are that this latest injury could see him sidelined for another lengthy spell. On a positive note, the player was helped from the pitch rather than stretchered or carried so maybe the news won't be as bad as feared.
Up until his injury, de Bruyne was the star of the show for the Blues with his slick passing repeatedly opening up the Fulham defence and creating chances for those around him.
Guardiola said after the game: "He (de Bruyne) is chatting to the doctor so right now I don't know if it's nothing or something serious."
"It was an excellent performance. They played with a lot of discipline with and without the ball - I am so satisfied."
The City boss was asked about reports that Raheem Sterling had agreed a new contract with the club but he had nothing to say on the matter.
City were far too strong for Fulham with Brahim Diaz scoring his first goals for the club in what was his 14th appearance and third start in all competitions.