Manchester City hopeful De Bruyne will not be out for season with knee injury

first_img Kevin De Bruyne Manuel Pellegrini is optimistic Kevin De Bruyne will play for Manchester City again this season despite suffering suspected medial ligament damage in Wednesday’s League Cup semi-final win over Everton.De Bruyne played an inspirational role against the Toffees after coming off the bench, scoring one goal and setting up another, as City clinched their place at Wembley with a 4-3 aggregate victory.But his night ended badly as he fell awkwardly on the turf in the closing stages and was stretchered off in some discomfort with his right knee strapped in a brace.Initial medical reports suggest the problem is not related to the cruciate ligament but still prompted plenty of concern on the City bench.Manager Pellegrini said: “We will see tomorrow. The doctor thinks he has a problem in his medial ligament but it is impossible to know before tomorrow.”Asked if De Bruyne could miss the rest of the season for quadruple-chasing City, Pellegrini said: “I hope not. It is very difficult to know in this moment but I am optimistic he will not be out for the rest of the season.”Meanwhile Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles has apologised to De Bruyne for attempting to pick the player up as he lay down in pain.Robles tweeted: “I would like to apologise to Kevin De Bruyne for my reaction to his injury. In the heat of the moment I didn’t realise he was badly hurt.“I wish him all the best and a speedy recovery.” 1last_img

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