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Manchester City vs Chelsea, Kevin de Bruyne injury, tears, crying, reaction

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Manchester City captain Kevin de Bruyne was in tears as he was forced from the field in the second half of the Champions League final defeat to Chelsea.

It came after de Bruyne suffered a suspected head injury following a collision with Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

Both players hit the floor holding their heads but Rudiger rose to his feet before being helped by the referee and booked soon after.

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Antonio Rudiger and Kevin De Bruyne receive treatment after a collision. (Photo by SUSANA VERA / POOL / AFP)
Antonio Rudiger and Kevin De Bruyne receive treatment after a collision. (Photo by SUSANA VERA / POOL / AFP)Source: AFP
Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne is helped onto his feet. (Photo by SUSANA VERA / POOL / AFP)Source: AFP

De Bruyne, meanwhile, remained down for several minutes and received medical attention before also being helped to his feet.

The 29-year old was left with a noticeable black eye and City acted to substitute de Bruyne off for his own good.

He was left devastated by the decision, leaving the pitch in tears and was replaced by Gabriel Jesus while Raheem Sterling took the captain’s armband.

De Bruyne had been relatively quiet before being taken off.

He had admitted pre-game that if City lost the final it would almost be seen as a failure.

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Manchester City’s assistant coach Juan Manuel Lillo consoles midfielder Kevin De Bruyne. (Photo by CARL RECINE / POOL / AFP)Source: AFP
Kevin De Bruyne is helped into the dressing room. (Photo by SUSANA VERA / POOL / AFP)Source: AFP

“We as players understand the magnitude of the game,” he said.

“If you win you’re a hero and if you lose you’re almost a failure even if you’re not a failure because getting to this stage is incredibly well done by the team and an individual.

“But if you don’t win it, yeah, it will be something you don’t really want to experience but it happens.”

De Bruyne was not the only player to be forced from the field due to injury with Chelsea defender Thiago Silva picking up a groin strain and coming off with five minutes left in the first half.

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