The agent of Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, Patrick De Koster, claims his client has suffered an injury similar to the one which kept him out for 66 days back in early 2016.
During the Premier League champion’s training session on Wednesday, the 27-year-old suffered a major knee injury during an outdoor session, however, the Belgian has avoided ligament damage which would have seen him sidelined for a far longer spell.
De Bruyne has since travelled to Barcelona, where he will visit Pep Guardiola’s favourite doctor Ramon Cugat, to undergo tests on his right knee to learn the full extent of the injury.
De Bruyne relief: “No ligaments torn”
Fortunately for the Premier League champions, De Bruyne has appeared to have avoided ligament damage which could have ruled him out of action for around 6-9 months, according to his agent.
The World Cup bronze medalist was scheduled to undergo tests today in Barcelona with an expectancy that De Bruyne will miss around 2 months worth of action.
De Koster told Sportza:
“I had him on the phone for a few minutes and he confirmed to me that he had injured himself on training the same knee this morning as he did then, and it felt the same.
“Then there were no ligaments torn, and that’s the most important thing, then we talk about 6 to 9 months of absence, Kevin did not think that happened, tomorrow’s medical tests will bring more clarity about how bad or bad it will be.”
De Bruyne update: “Same as 2 years ago”
Back in 2016, the former Chelsea player suffered a similar injury when in action for City against Everton.
De Bruyne missed around 66 days and as mentioned previously, a similar time frame is excepted to be announced imminently.
De Koster in an interview with Sportza added:
“Just on training while he was free – it was not even in a duel – it is a sad accident.
“He says he feels the same as 2 years ago. It is about the same situation.
“It is unfortunate for him, the season starts and it is always fun to be there, but as long as the ligaments are not torn, we can continue to hope for a speedy recovery.”