Manchester City ace Kevin De Bruyne is expected to mix six weeks of action after suffering ankle and knee injuries during the second leg of the League Cup Semi-final against Everton.
He suffered the injuries when he fell awkwardly under an innocuous looking challenge from Toffees defender Ramiro Funes Mori in the closing stages of the game.
The 24-year old was in serious pain and had to leave the pitch on a stretcher at Etihad Stadium.
The Belgian international joined the game as a second-half substitute and made an immediate impact. He scored a goal and provided an assist to Sergio Aguero’s goal to turn the game in City’s favour.
City won the tie 4-3 on aggregate and will face Liverpool in the final at Wembley Stadium on February 28.
However, De Bruyne, who has scored a goal in every round of the League Cup this season, is set to miss the final and the crucial Champions League tie against Dynamo Kiev.
His representative Patrick de Koster told Sky Sports News HQ that the player was devastated after learning the extent of his injury.
“I spoke with him earlier, and he’s a little bit sad because he’s got a tear in the ankle and in the lateral in his knee ligaments,” De Koster said.
“For sure he will need six weeks rehabilitation. But he is going to do more medicals today. I think on Friday morning will have more news for when he can play again.
“He wants to play football, and he will miss important games – the final and Champions League games. It’s something that can arrive in football, and the only thing to do is work hard and come back.”
Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles apologised to De Bruyne for his reaction to Belgian’s injury
I would like to apologise to Kevin De Bruyne for my reaction to his injury. In the heat of the moment I didn’t realise he was badly hurt. ..
— Joel Robles (@joelroblesb) January 27, 2016
De Bruyne out for 6 weeks. Hope Evertons muppet of a keeper learns he’s not an official or doctor, & sticks to the job he’s employed to do.
— Hörse (@petercwelch22) January 28, 2016
First scans show De Bruyne will be out for 6 weeks: damaged ligament and damaged ankle. #mcfc
— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) January 28, 2016
— Footy Jokes (@Footy_Jokes) January 28, 2016
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