Manchester City’s push for the Premier League title seems to have been dealt a huge blow.
Star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was subbed off in the first half of their clash against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, as the Belgian star slipped on the edge of the box and looked to have tweaked his left knee which he injured recently.
De Bruyne, 27, looked frustrated and fed up as medical staff assessed him on the pitch and he hobbled off to a warm applause from the home fans.
Speaking after the game, Pep Guardiola gave an update on De Bruyne’s situation.
“I don’t know – he’s played a lot of minutes without preparation,” Guardiola said. “After injury they don’t train properly to be able to take a game every three days. It’s a pity because now we arrive in the best moment of the season.”
If the injury is as bad as it seems, this would be a big blow.
De Bruyne has been absolutely incredible for City in recent weeks, assisting on six of their last eight goals scored before kick off against Spurs.
His return to full fitness after two spells out with knee injuries this season was a massive bonus for Guardiola and his recent displays have been described as “incredible” by his manager.
Man City’s fans know that losing De Bruyne for the final four games of the season, and possibly the FA Cup final against Watford, would be a massive blow to their hopes of winning the domestic treble.
However, there is a chance KDB knew that the big Manchester derby against Man United in midweek is coming up and he went down and came off as a precaution.
Off the back of being dumped out of the UEFA Champions League at the quarterfinal stage by Spurs in midweek, this is another massive setback for Man City.