Kevin de Bruyne suffered an injury in the later stages of the semi-final match against Everton, falling awkwardly after a clash with defender R. Funes Mori, and news has emerged that he will take 10 weeks to fully recover from knee and ankle injuries.
The 24-year-old made light of the injury after the match, despite being stretchered off the pitch, and said that he would be fit in time for the Capital One Cup Final against Liverpool on February 28. But later scans have revealed that he will require 10 weeks to recover.
“I spoke with him earlier and he’s a little bit sad because he’s got a tear in the ankle and in the lateral in his knee ligaments,” said his agent Patrick de Koster to Sky Sports.
“He wants to play football and he will miss important games – the final and Champions League games. It’s something that can arrive in football and the only thing to do is work hard and come back.”
The Belgian play maker has made an instant impact since arriving at Manchester City from Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg in the summer, scoring 12 goals and claiming 12 assists in all competitions for the club.
Key player to miss key matches
The citizens will be in a spot of bother thanks to this latest injury, with a number of players out as well including first choice defenders Vincent Kompany and Aleksandar Kolarov. Manchester City have some key clashes lined up in the near future in all competitions and will have to rely on their much vaunted squad depth to see them through this period.
In the League Cup, they have the final against Liverpool on February 28th, then they have their Champions League knockout round clash against Dynamo Kiev on March 15th, followed by the Manchester derby five days later.