Kevin De Bruyne leaves hospital with a fractured nose and EYE SOCKET after clash with Antonio Rudiger which forced Man City midfielder off in tears in Champions League final… with the Chelsea defender apologising over Twitter for the incident
- Kevin De Bruyne suffered a fractured nose and eye socket against Chelsea
- Manchester City star was taken off after clashing heads with Antonio Rudiger
- De Bruyne was left in tears as City were beaten in the Champions League final
- Rudiger says he’s been in contact with De Bruyne and didn’t intend to hurt him
Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne has revealed that he has left hospital with a fractured nose and eye socket following his clash of heads with Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger in the Champions League final.
De Bruyne was in floods of tears as he had to be substituted in the 60th minute of the game in Porto before City slumped to a 1-0 defeat to miss out on the club’s first ever European success.
The 29-year-old was unable to contribute in the closing stages and was replaced by Gabriel Jesus, but the Brazilian failed to make an impact as Chelsea prevailed with a 1-0 victory courtesy of Kai Havertz’s first-half strike.
Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne suffered a fractured nose and eye socket against Chelsea
De Bruyne clashed heads with Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger and needed treatment
He wrote on Twitter: ‘Hi guys just got back from the hospital. My diagnosis is Acute nose bone fracture and left orbital fracture. I feel okay now. Still disappointed about yesterday obviously but we will be back’.
City posted a message on their official Twitter account to wish De Bruyne a speedy recovery.
De Bruyne was left with a nasty-looking black eye following the clash of heads and required lengthy treatment on the pitch before he was eventually substituted.
Rudiger tweeted to say that he had been in contact with De Bruyne and stated that the clash wasn’t intentional.
The Chelsea centre-back wrote: ‘I’m really sorry for @DeBruyneKev’s injury. Of course this was not intentional from me – I’ve already been in touch with Kevin personally and I really wish him a speedy recovery & hope we can see him back on the pitch very soon again.’
Belgium international De Bruyne has enjoyed huge success at City but Champions League glory has continued to elude him.
It was a hugely frustrating night for De Bruyne, as, prior to his substitution, he had been unable to have his usual influence on proceedings, with his former club Chelsea defending resolutely.
De Bruyne had played a key part in City’s run to the final with three goals and four assists in eight Champions League games this season, while he adapted to often being used up front as opposed to his usual position in midfield.
He will hope that he will still be able to win the Champions League with City in the future as Pep Guardiola’s side look to learn from the loss against Chelsea.
Rudiger says he has been in contact with De Bruyne and stressed he didn’t intend to hurt him
The Belgium international was left in tears as he had to leave the pitch in the 60th minute
De Bruyne insisted that City won’t give up in their quest to win the Champions League
Despite finishing the season on a low note, boss Guardiola insisted they still had an ‘exceptional season’ after winning the Premier League and Carabao Cup.
‘It was a dream for us to be here, unfortunately we could not win,’ the Spaniard said.
‘For most of us in this club it is the first time here, but we work to come back one day.
‘It was a tough season in the pandemic, but we learn from this for the future. I have incredible respect for the players, they gave everything, but we will come back stronger. I want to congratulate them for their exceptional season.’