UPDATE: De Bruyne himself has since tweeted he’ll be out “for around 10 weeks.”
Manchester City fans, exhale. A little.
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Speaking to the press after booking their spot in the final at Wembley against Liverpool on Feb. 28, Manuel Pellegrini claimed the injury was to De Bruyne’s medial collateral ligament. That meant a dreaded ACL injury had been avoided but there were still plenty of question marks surrounding how long he would be out for.
ON Thursday De Bruyne’s agent, Patrick de Koster, told Sky Sports that his client would be back “in six weeks” after having a scan which revealed damage to his right ankle as well as his knee.
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This news will come as a decent boost to City, as fans of the Sky Blues feared De Bruyne’s season was over following a tackle from Ramiro Funes Mori late on.
De Bruyne, 24, scored one and set up another as City booked their spot in the first domestic final of the season and he’s been influential for the Premier League title-contenders so far this season, scoring 12 times and leading City in both assists and chances created since his $75 million move from Wolfsburg.
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So, with De Bruyne looking to back within weeks rather than months, City’s quadruple dreams remain intact. The Belgian wizard is definitely living up to his huge price tag and even though the Citizens possess David Silva and Raheem Sterling in attack, the loss of KDB would’ve been a crucial blow to their chances of success this season.
However, as well as missing City’s FA Cup fourth tie at Aston Villa this weekend, De Bruyne is also set miss upcoming PL games against Sunderland, Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle and Liverpool, as well as City’s UEFA Champions League last 16 first leg clash against Dynamo Kiev.
With the timeline his agents have given he should be back in early March.