Pep Guardiola says Aymeric Laporte has been taken to hospital with a knee injury which “doesn’t look good” after Manchester City’s win over Brighton on Saturday.
The City manager added that the club will know more about the severity of the blow on Sunday.
Laporte went down clutching his knee after a collision with Brighton’s Adam Webster, who was making his league debut for the Seagulls.
After receiving treatment on the pitch, he was taken off on a stretcher in the 37th minute and replaced by Fernandinho.
The blow is almost certain to rule Laporte out of France’s upcoming internationals against Albania and Andorra, with the 25-year-old – who has yet to make a senior appearance for the world champions – called up to the squad for the first time since March 2017 earlier this week.
The blow didn’t seem to affect City too much though, as they eased to a 4-0 victory to go to the top of the table ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Burnley later on Saturday.
Kevin De Bruyne gave the hosts the lead in just the second minute of the match, with Sergio Aguero bagging a brace either side of half-time and substitute Bernardo Silva scoring the fourth late on.
On the game Guardiola added: “The difference was the quality of players Manchester City has. They were clinical. The players made the game plan very, very well.
“I love to see opposite teams play that way – that have that courage. They had chances to score as well but we were clinical. Against Tottenham we were not clinical.
“I am happy from day one (with Aguero). He has incredible talent and his commitment to the team is fantastic. We have two incredible strikers with him and Gabriel Jesus.”