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Kevin De Bruyne | Forward | #17

Team: Manchester City
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/28/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 150

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Despite a nightmare spell under Jose Mourinho, Kevin De Bruyne said he doesn't regret his time at Chelesa.
The Manchester City star played in just three Premier League matches in two seasons at the club, one of which was spent on loan at Werder Bremen before completing a permanent switch to Wolfsburg. But the Belgian is flying high at City after his £55million move last season and sees his tenure at Chelsea as a learning experience: "I wanted to start a new chapter – not be loaned out and come back to the exact same situation. It was a really smart move on my part. But of all the choices I have made in my career, I don’t regret one of them – even going to Chelsea. It didn’t work out. I wanted to play football; I didn’t; so I left." Nov 9 - 4:08 PM
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Manchester City will be sweating over another injury to star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne after picking up a knock this weekend.

The Belgian international left the club's 1-1 draw with Southampton at halftime after taking a knock to his leg, and has since been ruled out of Wednesday's League Cup meeting with Manchester United while Pablo Zabaleta also looks set to miss out with Guardiola in favor of a squad rotation. "Kevin cannot play. No way," manager Pep Guardiola said in his pre-match press conference. "He had a big knock in the leg. Hopefully he can play against West Brom, but I don't know. Pablo, I think, cannot play either. Vincent, I think he can. He will train and after we will see if he is fit."
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 25 - 12:08 PM

Manchester City supporters endured another miserable afternoon at the Etihad as the home side made it five games without a win in all competitions.

A sloppy John Stones back pass gifted Nathan Redmond the opener before Kelechi Iheanacho equalised just ten minutes after his half-time introduction. The young Nigerian made it three-goals in just 285 Premier League minutes as Kevin de Bruyne made way after picking up a knock. The Belgium international had a quiet opening forty-five but he was involved in City’s only move of note during a dour start by Pep Guardiola’s side. De Bruyne supplied a pin-point cross for Stones to calmly slot home, atoning for his earlier error before it was incorrectly ruled out as Aguero was adjudged to be interfering from an off-side position. Post-match Pep confirmed his injury is: "Nothing serious," and he will be assessed along with the rest of the squad before City play United in the EFL Cup on Wednesday.
Oct 24 - 5:01 AM

Based off the club's performance against Tottenham in Week 7, Manchester City should be thrilled to see the injury progress of Kevin De Bruyne.

Initial reports had the Belgian midfielder sidelined for most of October with a hamstring injury suffered against Swansea City in Week 6. But De Bruyne has recovered quicker than expected after seeing a specialist in Barcelona before the international break. The midfield star is eyeing a return against Barcelona in Wednesday's Champions League showdown against Pep Guardiola's former side, but he could be available as soon as this weekend against Everton. However, it looks unlikely the midfielder will start this weekend, meaning Jesus Navas and Leroy Sane are in contention to start.
Oct 12 - 8:32 AM

Kevin de Bruyne fears he could miss his sides next two games as City handle his recovery from a hamstring strain with care.

De Bruyne visited world renowned specialist Dr Ramon Cugat in Catalonia after limping off at Swansea 12 days ago. An initial consultation revealed the Belgium star could return within two-and-a-half to three weeks but it now seems certain that he will miss the Premier League clash with Everton in game week eight, with the possibility that he may also sit out of the the Champions League tie against Barcelona 4 days later. Since the loss of De Bruyne, City have failed to win either of their two subsequent matches, drawing with Celtic [2-2] and losing to Tottenham [2-0] having previously won ten straight across all competitions. Nolito could come into the side having served his three match ban.
Source: The Mirror
Oct 6 - 6:46 AM

Kevin de Bruyne will miss tomorrows’ Champions League tie against Celtic and the upcoming Premier League clash at White Hart Lane but the in-form City star could be back "shortly" after the international break.

De Bruyne travelled to Barcelona on Sunday with teammate Vincent Kompany to meet with Dr Ramon Cugat, "the best doctor in the world" according to Pep Guardiola. Initial reports had suggested that De Bruyne would miss around a month but speaking ahead of Wednesdays’ Battle of Britain at Celtic Park, Guardiola was able to provide a positive update on the 25-year-old: "Kevin is not a big injury - in two and a half or three weeks, maybe he will be ready." Jesus Navas or Leroy Sane are favourites to replace De Bruyne as City aim to preserve their 100 per cent start to the season against the top-flights only other unbeaten side.
Sep 27 - 5:42 PM

Kevin de Bruyne is hoping the hamstring injury he suffered at Swansea on Saturday will only keep him out for a couple of weeks.

The City playmaker will have a scan today to help determine the extent of the damage but De Bruyne is almost certain to miss Wednesdays’ Champions League tie against Celtic and next weekends’ trip to White Hart Lane. Speaking post-match, Pep Guardiola had this to say: "From the way her reacted, I think it's a muscular injury but I am not a doctor. I don't know how serious it is so we will travel back and then see what the doctor says." With Nolito suspended until after the international break, the absence of De Bruyne could see Jesus Navas return to the side unless Guardiola fancies a slight change of formation with Kelechi Iheanacho partnering Sergio Aguero in a 4-4-2.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 25 - 9:47 AM

Manchester City cruised to its second 4-0 win in the past few days with the dismantling of Bournemouth at the Etihad.

With one less day to recover due to their Champions League game being pushed back one day, the Sky Blues showed no signs of fatigue. Both Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling added a goal and an assist each while summer signing Ilkay Gundogan made his Premier League debut with a goal. Kelechi Iheanacho also added another goal in Sergio Aguero's absence. In team news, manager Pep Guardiola opted for Aleksandar Kolarov at centre-back over John Stones while Vincent Kompany made the bench. The only downside to the day was Nolito's sending off and likely three-match ban for violent conduct.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 17 - 11:59 AM

Fantasy managers can breathe a huge sigh of relief after Pep Guardiola confirmed the Belgium playmaker is not injured.

Saturdays highly anticipated Manchester derby was officially the most expensive match-up in the history of football, with cumulative fees totalling over £570m. But while United were able to field the worlds’ most costly player – Pogba [£93m] – it was City star – Kevin de Bruyne [£54m] – who deservedly took the plaudits following an outstanding display. Firstly, de Bruyne latched onto a flicked header from Iheanacho to open the scoring, before returning the favour after his shot rebounded off the post for the 19-year-old to side-foot home. However, a perfect day was almost ruined when De Bruyne trudged off on 90 minutes with an apparent hamstring problem. But, speaking immediately after the 2-1 win, Guardiola allayed any fears: "Kevin was tired, rather than injured."
Sep 10 - 12:16 PM

Kevin de Bruyne is an unlikely starter in next weekend’s opening fixture against Sunderland due to concerns over his fitness.

De Bruyne was not part of the squad which travelled to China recently, choosing instead to remain in the UK and work on his fitness following his extended post-Euro 2016 break. However, the Belgium play-maker could feature on Sunday [versus Arsenal], although August 13 may come a little too soon by the players own admission: "It is a little bit difficult because I just came in last Friday. I trained a lot already, a little bit in the vacation and now I'm doing fine. [But am I] at full fitness? It's difficult to say - I reckon not." Guardiola has implemented a strict fitness regime at the club since his arrival, and any player who fails to adhere to his weight regulations will train away from the first-team. "For me, the weight is so, so important," said the City boss. "When you are not fit and your weight is not proper, danger is coming."
Source: Daily Mail
Aug 5 - 1:46 PM

Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard will miss training as a precaution after picking up knocks during the defeat to Italy on Monday evening. However, both are expected to be available for Saturday’s crucial encounter with the Republic of Ireland.

The Red Devils failed to live up to their pre-tournament billing as Marc Wilmots men were outplayed in a disappointing 2-0 loss. Belgium have an array of individual talent, but once again, they failed to deliver on the big stage and were deservedly beaten. Romelu Lukaku was guilty of missing a gilt-edged opportunity at 1-0 while his play in and around the box was simply not good enough. Hazard failed to impose himself on the match while De Bruyne looked way off the pace, although Wilmots refused to "slate" his performance: "Is the kid tired after a long season? Probably, but I am not going to slate him, he has been a big player for us in the past."
Jun 15 - 7:17 AM

Manchester City is no longer in control of its Champions League fate after only securing a point in a 2-2 draw with Arsenal at the Etihad.

Following the draw, City rivals Manchester United can swoop in and steal the fourth Champions League place from the Sky Blues if United wins its final two matches this season against West Ham on Tuesday and on Sunday against Bournemouth, meaning City would be in the Europa League in Pep Guardiola's first season. To make matters worse, Manchester City had leads on two separate occasions after Sergio Aguero opened the scoring in the 10th minute before an Olivier Giroud equalizer. Kevin De Bruyne then scored his second league goal of 2016 in the second half before Alexis Sanchez scored to earn a point.
Source: NBC Sports
May 8 - 1:21 PM

Manchester City were leading on away goals but Kevin De Bruyne's goal in the second half secured City's place in the semi-final round of the Champions League.

It was a victory not only for Manchester City and their decision to spend huge money on De Bruyne but also a victory for the entire Premier League. With the league's European performances lagging over the last few seasons, City's continuation into the semi-finals will boost the Premier League's standing in the race to keep their fourth Champions League spot in UEFA's arcane coefficient system for determining how many clubs each league will send to the Champions League each season. De Bruyne's return should also ensure City maintains a top four spot in this season's Premier League.
Apr 13 - 12:35 PM

Kevin de Bruyne marked his return from a long-term knee injury with a goal as Manchester City cruised to a comfortable 0-4 over AFC Bournemouth.

The Sky Blues would score three of their goals inside the opening twenty minutes to put the game out of reach and coast the rest of the way. In the 7th minute, Jesus Navas bounced a corner kick into the area where Fernando volleyed it over the head of Boruc to put Manchester City ahead to stay. Five minutes later, they took advantage of a possession change close to the Cherries goal. David Silva would feed de Bruyne and the Belgian would score his first goal since Boxing Day. The attack explosion was finished off when Sergio Aguero headed home a Navas cross. With seconds left in the match, Aleksandar Kolarov split the defense and smashed home a beauty from the left to put the finishing touch on a decisive win. With West Ham drawing today, the Citizens widen the gap with the Hammers for the fourth spot in the table by two points.

Kevin De Bruyne, close to returning from 10 weeks out with a knee injury, has stayed behind in Manchester for the international break in hopes of playing in a youth match ahead of a Week 32 return against Bournemouth.

The Belgian appears to be on track to help Manchester City start the process of digging out from a miserable run of injuries over the past couple of weeks. Manuel Pellegrini has seen Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi, and Raheem Sterling all join De Bruyne on the injured list. With City's margin for error on next season's Champions League down to a single point, the return of De Bruyne would be a huge boost to a flagging attack. If he could also play center back, that would be even better.
Mar 22 - 9:06 AM