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De Bruyne’s injury worsens Man City’s Champions League woes as star limps

The midfielder ace was forced to look aside as his side fell to defeat in Porto

A disappointing night for Manchester City capped off an injury for Kevin De Bruyne who saw the midfielder star complete less than an hour after his Champions League final loss to Chelsea on Saturday.

The Belgian was sent off in the 59th minute after a nasty clash with Antonio Rudiger.

Belgium will now have to wait to see if he recovers in time to represent the nation at the next European Championship.

What happened to De Bruyne?

The former Chelsea man was sent to the ground when he faced Rudiger, with both players going for the ball.

While the Blues defender was allowed to continue, De Bruyne was clearly uncomfortable as he received treatment and it became apparent that he would no longer play any role in the final.

He received enthusiastic applause from the crowd in Porto as he was helped up and off the pitch, his neck appearing to have borne the brunt of the challenge.

Gabriel Jesus was sent into action by manager Pep Guardiola as City continued to chase after a goal.

The bigger picture

Despite dominating possession, Guardiola’s charges failed to break through into Chelsea’s defense.

Kai Havertz’s goal in the first half therefore made the difference between the two teams, the Blues winning 1-0 to clinch their second Champions League title.

It was also the first crown of Thomas Tuchel, beaten last year by Bayern Munich at the head of Paris Saint-Germain.

Worthy of euros?

While the defeat in the Champions League will have been a blow for De Bruyne, he now hopes to make a quick comeback in order to qualify for Euro 2020.

Competition kicks off in less than two weeks, with Belgium’s first Group B match scheduled for June 12 against Russia in St. Petersburg.

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