During Manchester City’s 3-1 victory over Everton in the Capital One Cup, star for Man City, Kevin De Bruyne, appears to have suffered an injury to his medial collateral ligament as we saw De Bruyne stretchered off of the pitch in the closing moments of the victory.
De Bryune, a Belgian international team player, entered the game in the 67th minute of the match and played a critical role in not only winning this match, but aiding Man City in winning the aggregate in order to advance to the Capitol One Cup final, to be held in Liverpool on February the 28th.
De Bruyne came off of the bench and hit the aggregate equalizer before setting up Sergio Aguero to send home the aggregate winning goal, effectively making De Bruyne one of the most important contributors of the match.
When asked about the injury Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City’s manager, was hesitant to confirm any thing regarding the severity at this point in time.
“We will see tomorrow,” Pellegrini told his postmatch news conference. “The doctor thinks he has a problem in his medial ligament but it is impossible before tomorrow.”
While unwilling to confirm or speculate on the severity of the injury until De Bruyne has been properly examined by a doctor, Pellegrini is optimistic that De Bruyne will be able to return before the season comes to a close.
“It is very difficult to know in this moment but I am optimistic he will not be out for the rest of the season. It is not a cruciate ligament, it is the medial ligament.”
De Bruyne first came to Manchester City in August from Wolfsburg for a reported 54 million pounds.
While the hope is for the injury to not be season ending, it is unlikely that we will see De Bruyne back on the pitch in time for the final of the Capitol One Cup when Manchester City will face off against Liverpool, in Wembley Stadium.
While de Bruyne presence may not be felt during that match, it should still be an excellent game to watch, as both Man city and Liverpool boast some of the best squads in the Premier League.
“If you have two very good teams as Liverpool and Manchester City it will be a brilliant final. We have one month, it is important to focus on the FA Cup and then two important games in the Premier League.”