‘Like a knife’ - Kevin De Bruyne provides injury update ahead of Man City title-decider v West Ham

Kevin De Bruyne has said he feels okay after suffering an injury against Tottenham.Kevin De Bruyne has said he feels okay after suffering an injury against Tottenham.
Kevin De Bruyne has said he feels okay after suffering an injury against Tottenham.
The Manchester City midfielder was replaced in the second half of Wednesday’s win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Kevin De Bruyne has said he feels fine after picking up an achilles injury against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night.

Pape Sarr trod on the back of the back of the Belgian’s foot and, after continuing for a short period, was replaced by Jeremy Doku. Pep Guardiola confirmed after the 2-0 victory at Spurs that De Bruyne had suffered an injury, but didn’t shed much light on the severity of the problem.

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Speaking on Wednesday, City’s no.17 indicated that the injury is not one for fans to be overly concerned about ahead of Sunday’s title-decider against West Ham United.

"I think I'm alright. It's a bit sore. The place in the achilles is really sore," he told Sky Sports. "It felt like it was a knife at the moment that I got the impact. It's an impact [injury] so it's not bad. It will be alright.”

City’s win at Spurs leaves them two points ahead of Arsenal going into the final day of the season. The significance of the win on Tuesday was clear for all to see, and City’s players celebrated jubilantly at the full-time whistle, but De Bruyne is aware the title race is still not over.

“We were happy because it gets us to the place we want to be on Sunday, but I don’t feel like there were any extra celebrations,” said the 32-year-old. “We know it’s not done yet, even if everyone is talking and saying ‘it should be easy’. I’ve played in these games before and it’s never easy. There’s always the pressure of being in that situation.”

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De Bruyne registered his 112th Premier League assist on Tuesday when he teed up the first of Erling Haaland’s double at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. That assist sees him move up to second in the league’s all-time rankings, behind Ryan Giggs’ tally of 162.

Meanwhile, a win for City on Sunday would also see De Bruyne collect a sixth Premier League winners’ medal, a number that only five players - Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Denis Irwin and Roy Keane - have beaten.

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