De Bruyne off with apparent left knee issue in City win over Fulham

Kevin De Bruyne gives Manchester City fresh injury scare after hobbling off with apparent left knee issue during victory over Fulham

  • Kevin De Bruyne hobbled off injured in Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Fulham
  • The City playmaker was hurt in the closing stages of the Carabao Cup contest
  • De Bruyne walked off but the incident will be of concern to Pep Guardiola
  • The Belgium international was making only his second start of the season
  • De Bruyne recently returned to fitness after a ligament injury in his right knee

Kevin De Bruyne has given Manchester City a fresh injury scare after hobbling off injured in the 86th minute of their Carabao Cup win over Fulham.

The City playmaker was hurt after Timothy Fosu-Mensah appeared to land on his left knee during the closing stages of the comfortable 2-0 victory on Thursday night.

De Bruyne managed to walk off the pitch but the incident will be of concern for City boss Pep Guardiola, who was keen to check on his player as he stood on the touchline.

Kevin De Bruyne went off injured in Manchester City's 2-0 victory against Fulham

Kevin De Bruyne went off injured in Manchester City’s 2-0 victory against Fulham

De Bruyne walked off the pitch but the incident will be a concern for City boss Pep Guardiola

De Bruyne walked off the pitch but the incident will be a concern for City boss Pep Guardiola

He was immediately replaced by 18-year-old midfielder Claudio Gomes but by that point Guardiola’s men had already done enough to earn a place in the quarter-finals of the competition.

The Spaniard said after the game that De Bruyne was ‘being checked by the doctors and we don’t know if it’s nothing or if it’s something serious.’

He added: ‘I think today De Bruyne is back. The Kevin we know. He made a huge effort against Shakhtar, played a few minutes against Spurs in difficult conditions.

‘Today he was involved in offence and defence, hopefully what happened in the last minute is not serious.’

The Belgium international was making only his second start of the season, having returned to fitness after a ligament injury in his right knee. 

The City playmaker was hurt after Timothy Fosu-Mensah appeared to land on his left knee

The City playmaker was hurt after Timothy Fosu-Mensah appeared to land on his left knee

The Belgium international has just returned to fitness after a ligament injury in his right knee

The Belgium international has just returned to fitness after a ligament injury in his right knee

He played in his first game back in City’s 5-0 win over Burnley on October 20, making a 32 minute cameo from the bench.

De Bruyne had initially been eyeing up the Manchester derby on November 11 as a potential comeback date but made real progress over a short space of time to force his way back into contention.

His injury was in part put down to De Bruyne’s heavy summer. He was an instrumental part of the Belgium team that reached third place at the World Cup. 

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