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Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne out for six weeks with knee injury

Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne set to miss six weeks with knee ligament injury that rules him out of Capital One Cup final

Kevin De Bruyne will miss the next six weeks after suffering medial ligament damage in Manchester City’s 3-1 Capital One Cup victory over Everton, the player’s agent has revealed.

The Manchester City playmaker sustained knee ligament damage during Wednesday night’s 3-1 win against Everton.

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The 24-year-old scored a vital – albeit controversial – goal and set up another after coming off the bench in the 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium, before being carried off late on following an awkward fall.

He appeared to get his studs caught in the turf and then landed on his knee as City closed in on their 4-3 aggregate triumph, which sealed a final trip to Wembley to face Liverpool.

Initial medical reports suggest the problem is not related to the cruciate ligament, but the player’s representative Patrick De Koster has claimed the midfielder would likely be out of action for around six weeks.

“Kevin is sad. His dream is to always be playing football. He will miss games like the League Cup final and in the Champions League, which are important,” De Koster told Sky Sports News.

“But he knows they [City] are a good team, that the other players will do what they have to do, and maybe win the game for him, and also that [injuries] is what happens in football.

“He is sad, of course, but he told me, ‘this [happens] in a match, [is something] which can arrive in football, and the only thing I can do is to  hard and to come back’.”

The full extent of the injury is yet to be determined, but De Koster feels the midfielder will not be able to return to action until the end of February at the earliest.

“[It is] the tear in the ankle and also the lateral [knee] ligaments are such that I think for sure he will need six weeks of rehabilitation, but they are still going to do some more medical [tests] today and at the end of the day,” he added.

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