Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne broke down in tears after being subbed off in the second half of Saturday’s Champions League final clash 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.
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.
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.
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.
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