De Bruyne’s Injury Woes Continue: Man City’s Latest Update
In a concerning turn of events for Manchester City fans, Kevin de Bruyne faces another spell on the sidelines. The influential midfielder, who has been pivotal to City’s recent successes, suffered a hamstring injury during their clash against Burnley.
A Familiar Sight for City Fans
De Bruyne’s early exit, just 23 minutes into the season opener, cast a shadow over City’s dominant 3-0 victory. The Belgian maestro’s injury woes aren’t new; he played only 36 minutes in the Champions League final against Inter Milan earlier in June. “It’s the same area as before, and he’ll be sidelined for some time,” lamented City’s gaffer.
De Bruyne’s Stellar Contribution
Last season, De Bruyne was nothing short of sensational for the Sky Blues. With a tally of 10 goals and a whopping 31 assists, he was instrumental in City’s triumphant Champions League, Premier League, and FA Cup campaigns. Despite his outstanding performances, he revealed that he played through pain during the campaign’s final stages.
The 32-year-old’s recent appearance in the Community Shield saw him play for 30 minutes. However, a missed penalty and Arsenal lifting the trophy might have been early indicators of the challenges ahead. His recent breakdown against Burnley led to his substitution, with newcomer Mateo Kovacic stepping in. “We need to consult with the medical team and understand the root cause,” said the concerned City boss.
The decision to start De Bruyne against Burnley might now be under scrutiny. Guardiola, however, believes that injuries are unpredictable. “An injury in the 15th minute could just as easily occur in the 70th,” he mused. Burnley’s manager, Vincent Kompany, expressed his admiration for De Bruyne, hoping for a swift recovery for the star player.
Turbulence at Turf Moor
While De Bruyne’s injury was a significant talking point, the match wasn’t without its controversies. Youngster Rico Lewis was the target of a missile thrown from the stands. Burnley FC was quick to condemn the act, ensuring strict action against the perpetrator.