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Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne in tears after horrific eye injury in Champions League final vs Chelsea


The Belgian had to be subbed off after clattering into Antonio Rudiger (Pictures: BT Sport)

Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne broke down in tears after being subbed off in the second half of Saturday’s Champions League final defeat against Chelsea due to a horrible eye injury.

In a very open and end-to-end game, the Premier League champions went behind on the night when Mason Mount played a perfect through-ball in behind the defence for Kai Havertz.

The German managed to round goalkeeper Ederson and then rolled the ball into an empty net to give Chelsea the lead, with City struggling to create chances against the west Londoners.

Man City’s medical staff raced onto the pitch after the heavy collision (Picture: AFP)

City’s hopes of finding a breakthrough were then dealt a massive blow when De Bruyne collided with Antonio Rudiger, with the Belgian playmaker having to be forced off.

De Bruyne – who played for Chelsea between 2012 and 2014 – had tried to play a one-two and was running beyond Rudiger, but the German stepped across his path and blocked him off as both players hit the deck.

But it was the City star who came off much worse, slamming his head into his opponent’s shoulder, and there were serious concerns over De Bruyne from City’s medical staff.

When De Bruyne rose to his feet, he could barely open his left eye (Picture: Getty)
Kyle Walker was quick to point out that De Bruyne had hurt his eye (Picture: Getty)

There were clearly fears that he had injured his neck or suffered concussion and when he rose to his feet he was already sporting a horrible-looking black eye.

Rudiger, meanwhile, dusted himself off relatively quickly and received a yellow card from the referee.

De Bruyne’s iced his eye in the stands after being subbed off (Picture: BT Sport)

Pep Guardiola was forced to sub De Bruyne off, bringing on Gabriel Jesus, and once the Belgian had made his way off the pitch he broke down in tears as he was consoled by assistant manager Juan Manuel Lillo.

Fortunately, De Bruyne was able to watch the remainder of the game from the stands and the swelling around his eye was already starting to reduce as he held an ice pack to it.

City pushed hard to try and get a winner without really worrying Edouard Mendy and it was Chelsea who secured their second Champions League title with a 1-0 victory.


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