Manchester United fans celebrate ahead of Manchester derby after hearing that Kevin de Bruyne came off injured in the 38th minute of Manchester City’s vital Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad this Saturday afternoon. With City leading 1-0, through Foden’s headed fourth minute goal. De Bruyne went for a shot from outside the box, but his left foot slipped just as he made contact with the ball, and he appeared to tweak something in his knee as a result. The Manchester City player instantly called for assistance and looked to be in some discomfort as he lay on the turf. He was attended to by the City medical team on the pitch, before being helped to his feet and walking slowly off. He was replaced by Fernandinho.
The loss of De Bruyne would be a major blow for Manchester City as they seek to retain their title in a close race against Liverpool. The Belgian international has been in superb form since he returned from a lengthy injury lay-off. Manchester City face Manchester United in the derby on Wednesday, a match that’s being seen as vital with Liverpool having gone into this weekend with a one point advantage at the top of the table.
Pep Guardiola has said he is unsure how severe Kevin De Bruyne’s injury in. The midfielder was substituted after going down injured in first half against Spurs in a season ravaged by injuries. The Belgian went down with an apparent knee problem in the first half of Manchester City’s 1-0 victory over Tottenham, which forced him to be replaced by Fernandinho. Speaking after the game Guardiola admitted he is unsure how long the injury will rule De Bruyne out for.
“I don’t know… It’s a pity. We will see tomorrow,” he said.
Man City’s reigning player of the year has only completed 90 minutes for the team five times this season, already missing long periods with a pair of knee injuries and a hamstring problem. De Bruyne had played the entirety of both of City’s last two games, against Crystal Palace in the Premier League and Spurs in the Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday. He recorded five assists in those games, including three in the ultimately unsuccessful game on Wednesday.
City’s fixture congestion has eased slightly after their elimination from Europe’s premier club competition, but they know they must get everything they can from all of their six remaining games in order to win the domestic treble for the first time. Entering the weekend’s fixtures they trail Liverpool by two points, but have a game in hand and the destiny of the title in their hands.
Their game in hand is against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday, with Saturday’s game against Spurs, which they led 1-0 before De Bruyne limped off, their other against top six opposition. City’s last three league games of the season see them take on Burnley, Leicester and Brighton, before the FA Cup final against Watford on May 18. Last season De Bruyne appeared in 37 games in the league and recorded eight goals and 16 assists as City won the title.
Earlier this week he wrote about how he felt after being told he faced a lengthy lay off with a knee injury. He was on the phone with his wife after she had arrived home from the hospital with their third child.
“And then, literally, I broke down in tears. I couldn’t help it. I don’t know if it was the emotion of our son being born, or knowing that I was going to miss some more matches, or maybe both. But I’m on FaceTime, on that stupid front-facing camera, looking ridiculous, just sobbing,” he wrote for The Player’s Tribune.
? – Not the sort of thing @ManCity fans want to see…
It's another injury for Kevin de Bruyne as he makes way for Fernandinho! ?
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 20, 2019
De Bruyne and City will hope Saturday’s injury will not sideline him significantly again. City then finish the league season with matches against Burnley, Leicester and Brighton and Hove Albion.
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