Kevin De Bruyne slaps Manchester City as talismanic midfielder is out for a MONTH after injury in Chelsea defeat and could miss the Champions League semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain
- Kevin De Bruyne hobbled off during Manchester City’s FA Cup defeat to Chelsea
- The 29-year-old fears that he may have sustained damage to the ankle bracelet on Saturday
- The results of his scans may not be clear for several days, given the swelling
- De Bruyne could miss the Champions League showdown with PSG
Kevin De Bruyne fears he suffered ankle ligament damage after stumbling out of Manchester City’s FA Cup semi-final defeat.
The 29-year-old landed awkwardly on the outside of his right foot in a harmless collision with Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante.
De Bruyne ran off and will make scans to determine the extent of the damage. The results may not be apparent for several days, given the severity of the swelling on his ankle. De Bruyne could be on the sidelines for a month if his worst fears are confirmed, though he hopes every possible ligament damage is minor.
Kevin De Bruyne limped off after a harmless collision with Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante
It is feared that De Bruyne could miss action at Manchester City for up to a month
Losing their talisman at this stage of the season, with three trophies at stake, is a major blow to City.
Pep Guardiola’s side will travel to Aston Villa on Wednesday, where they will seek to build on their impressive lead at the top of the Premier League before playing back Sunday’s Carabao Cup final at Wembley against Tottenham.
A Champions League semi-final at PSG will follow on April 28, with a trip to Crystal Palace three days later.
Bernardo Silva is expected to take over creative responsibility in midfield. The Portuguese starred alongside Ilkay Gundogan when De Bruyne went missing for a month earlier this year.
De Bruyne is still awaiting scan results, which will take a few days due to swelling on his ankle
But Guardiola needs Raheem Sterling to regain his form as City try to complete the title and win two cup games.
The forward struggled again on Saturday, scoring just once every two months, losing his place in Guardiola’s favorite XI to Phil Foden.
Guardiola declined to criticize his front three from Sterling, Ferran Torres and Gabriel Jesus after drawing a zero at Wembley, but admitted confidence is an issue.
“They tried,” he said. ‘Football is sometimes a difficult game. I saw their faces and behaviors before, during and after and that’s enough. Sometimes the opponents are better in the one-on-one – Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Thiago Silva, they are players with quality. ‘