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The level of Kevin De Bruyne’s injury has been revealed.

The level of Kevin De Bruyne’s injury has been revealed.

The level of Kevin De Bruyne's injury has been revealed.

Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne shattered his nose and a bone around his left eye socket in Saturday’s Champions League defeat to Chelsea, the 29-year-old announced on Sunday.

The Belgium international had to go off on the hour mark with a concussion in City’s 1-0 loss at Porto’s Estadio Do Dragao after an unexpected collision with Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger left him on the ground.

“Hi guys just got back from the hospital. My diagnosis is acute nose bone fracture and left orbital fracture,” De Bruyne, who had well below his normal level of influence on the game, wrote on Twitter.

“I feel okay now. Still disappointed about yesterday obviously but we will be back.”

De Bruyne did not give a timeline for his recovery to action, with Belgium set to play their first European Championship fixture against Russia in St Petersburg on June 12.

Rudiger apologized to the Belgian midfielder on Twitter later on Sunday, saying:
“I’m really sorry for De Bruyne’s injury. Of course this was not intentional from me.

“I’ve already been in touch with Kevin personally and I really wish him a speedy recovery and hope we can see him back on the pitch very soon again.”

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The Chelsea defender however received lots of criticism following his challenge on the Belgium playmaker.

And Belgium national team head coach Martinez believes Rudiger shouldn’t have outlasted on the pitch following his “reckless” challenge, as he now works on the fitness of his main man.

He said: “For me, Rudiger is very, very fortunate. When you look at the replay, there’s no clash of heads.

“He’s properly leaving the shoulder against Kevin. He seems concussed, and we will see the state of that.

“But that leaves a sour taste because Rudiger’s holding his head. It’s almost that he wants to show that he’s hiding something.

“For me, it was excessive force, and it was reckless. And it should have been a red card.

“Kevin is not a player that goes down for no reason. You can see the pain, and it’s a swollen eye.”

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The level of Kevin De Bruyne’s injury has been revealed.

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