The captain of the Citizens left prematurely in the second half of the Champions League final, after a shock with Antonio Rüdiger.
Kevin De Bruyne has been diagnosed with a broken nose and orbit after being forced off the pitch prematurely in Manchester City’s Champions League final defeat to Chelsea on Saturday night.
De Bruyne suffered a shock with Antonio Rudiger after attempting a one-two with Riyad Mahrez early in the second half, and had to leave the pitch after being examined by Manchester City medical staff.
The Belgian midfielder, whose eye was visibly swollen, could not contain his emotions as he reached the tunnel. Pep Guardiola’s men finally lost 1-0 at Estadio Do Dragao in his absence.
De Bruyne revealed the extent of his injuries on social media: “Hi guys, I just got home from the hospital. My diagnosis is an acute fractured nose bone and a fractured left orbit. I feel great now. I’m still disappointed with yesterday, obviously, but we’ll be back. “
After winning their third Premier League title under Guardiola, City were favorites ahead of the final, but the Spaniard raised more doubts as he chose to leave defensive midfielders Rodri and Fernandinho out.
The move proved costly as the Mancunians were overwhelmed in midfield, with Timo Werner missing two clear chances before Kai Havertz scored the opening goal in the 42nd minute.
De Bruyne tried unsuccessfully to bring City to life, but his night was cut short in the middle of the second period after the collision with Rüdiger.
Guardiola then brought in Fernandinho and launched Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero in attack, but the Skyblues managed to hold on in defense and win the second European Cup in their history.
De Bruyne could be out of Belgium’s Euro 2020 campaign depending on his recovery, having faced fitness issues throughout his last campaign at City.
The 29-year-old missed 11 games in all competitions due to injury but still managed to make 40 appearances for the club in total, scoring 10 goals and delivering 18 assists.
De Bruyne is unlikely to be available for Belgium’s warm-up matches against Greece and Croatia for the next eight days, as Roberto Martinez’s side enter their European Championship group stage with a shock against Russia on June 12.