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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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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. Sep 25 - 9:47 AM
Source: Sky Sports

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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.
Source: espnfc.com
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.
Source: espnfc.com
Mar 22 - 9:06 AM

Manchester City is edging closer to seeing a fuller midfield with Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph and Samir Nasri closing on a return from various injuries.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed that the three midfielders are expected to feature for the club in a friendly during the international break at the end of this month. De Bruyne has been missing for the last two months after suffering a knee and ankle injury in the League Cup semifinals against Everton while Delph has been absent for the past month due to an Achilles injury. Meanwhile, Nasri has not been fit since November after suffering a tear to his hamstring.
Mar 14 - 2:09 PM

Manchester City is hoping to have Kevin De Bruyne back from a knee injury following the international break at the end of this month.

De Bruyne suffered damage to knee ligaments and a sprained ankle in the League Cup semifinals against Everton at the end of January but is in line to return to training before the end of the month. In total, the midfielder is in line to return before the 10-week diagnosis given to him at the time of the injury. In his first season at the club, De Bruyne has recorded five goals and nine assists in 19 Premier League matches. His return would spell a welcome break for midfielder partner David Silva, who Manuel Pellegrini revealed is undergoing painkilling injections in order to play following multiple ankle injuries over the past few seasons.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 8 - 6:41 PM

Manchester City can't seem to field all its stars at the same time with midfielder Kevin De Bruyne being the latest to be ruled out with a lengthy injury.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed that De Bruyne will miss at least the next two months after suffering ligament damage in his knee: "We knew after the game it was a serious injury – not a season-ending injury as it was not a cruciate, but an important injury and will be out for 8-10 weeks." With Sergio Aguero and David Silva finally fit and Vincent Kompany and Aleksandar Kolarov returning soon, it looked as though reinforcements would arrive just in time for a title run on multiple fronts, including Champions League. But De Bruyne, along with midfielder Samir Nasri, is not expected to return until the end of March as Jesus Navas and Raheem Sterling are expected to fill in.
Jan 29 - 10:12 AM

The agent of Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne said the midfielder is set to miss the next six weeks of the season and likely more after suffering a knee injury on Wednesday.

De Bruyne was taken off on a stretcher in stoppage time after twisting his knee while his cleats were caught up in the turf. His agent, Patrick De Koster, said the Belgian suffered torn ligaments in his knee and possibly an ankle injury as well and will begin his recovery soon: "Kevin will be out for at least six weeks but it is too early to know more at this stage. He’s confident. Of course he is a bit sad that he will miss so many important games like the Capital One Cup Final and Champions League but Kevin would not be Kevin if wasn’t already thinking about playing again for City." Without De Bruyne, City could field both Jesus Navas and Raheem Sterling on the wings, or opt for another central midfielder in Fabian Delph, Fernando or Fernandinho.
Source: The Guardian
Jan 28 - 12:19 PM

Manchester City have made it through to the final of this years’ Capital One Cup overturning a one goal, first leg deficit beating Everton 3-1 on the night (and 4-3 on aggregate). However, the win came at a cost as their Belgium superstar - Kevin de Bruyne - was stretchered off in time added on with a serious looking knee injury.

De Bruyne fell awkwardly as his knee buckled underneath him following a challenge from Ramiro Funes Mori. City must now wait to discover the full extent of his injury although initial reports suggest that the 24-year-old has damaged medial ligaments and not the cruciate. "I'm optimistic he will not be out for the season," Pellegrini said. "It is difficult to know. He is with the doctor, it could be the medial ligament. Tomorrow we will have more news but it is not a nice injury."
Source: ESPN.co.uk
Jan 27 - 6:12 PM

Manchester City pulled within three points of the league lead with a 4-1 thrashing of Sunderland as Kevin De Bruyne contributed to three of the club's goals on the afternoon.

The Belgian started with an assist on Raheem Sterling's header in the 12th minute to kickstart City's day. Yaya Toure added a goal five minutes later, his third consecutive Premier League game with a goal. Just five minutes after taking a 2-0 lead, De Bruyne found Wilfried Bony, who also missed a penalty kick later in the match, on a set-piece for his second assist of the game. De Bruyne topped things off with his fifth goal of the season to beat Vito Mannone, who was thrown into the fire with his first start of the season. In more injury news for the club, Vincent Kompany lasted only nine minutes after returning for the first time in months before suffering another injury. Meanwhile, Sergio Aguero made the bench, but didn't see any playing time as the club used its last sub on Kompany's replacement.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 12:38:00 PM