Kevin De Bruyne returns to Man City after suffering injury on international duty with Belgium
Kevin De Bruyne has returned to Manchester City after picking up an injury on international duty, Belgium have confirmed.
Despite De Bruyne’s efforts, England came back from Romelu Lukaku’s early penalty to win 2-1, with Marcus Rashford equalising with his own spot-kick and Mason Mount scoring with a fortunate deflected effort. But the Three Lions were helped by the City star’s departure on the 73rd minute.
The midfielder had an animated conversation with Roberto Martinez on the sidelines after being substituted and the Belgian manager went on to claim that his removal was only a precaution.
“I would not say that Kevin is injured. He said he felt something. It is too early to know what he has, but he did not feel a hundred percent. It was rather a precautionary change,” Martinez said.
However, upon further assessment, the injury appears to be worse than first feared as De Bruyne has now left the international squad and returned to City, missing out on their match against Iceland on Wednesday.
A tweet from the Belgium football team’s account confirmed the news and said: “UPDATE: @DeBruyneKev returned to his club. He couldn’t be fit enough to play against Iceland.”
While the full extent of the injury is not yet known, this puts De Bruyne in doubt for City’s return to Premier League action on Saturday when they face Arsenal, before getting their Champions League campaign underway against Porto the following Wednesday.
It’s also another named added to Pep Guardiola’s growing injury list. Raheem Sterling is currently recovering from a problem that kept him out of the current round of international fixtures, though it’s hoped he will be fit to face the Gunners but Gabriel Jesus, Aleks Zinchenko and Sergio Aguero are all doubts.