Kevin De Bruyne to Miss Start of Next Season Due to Injury
Belgian forward Kevin De Bruyne will unfortunately be sidelined at the start of the upcoming season due to injury. The Manchester City star sustained a hamstring tear during the first half of the Champions League final against Inter Milan, forcing him off the pitch.
The severity of the injury is significant, as revealed by scans and reported by English outlet The Star. De Bruyne, 31, has suffered a Grade Three hamstring tear, which will require a considerable recovery period. Consequently, he will not be fit in time for the commencement of the new campaign.
Although the injury does not necessitate surgery, it will prevent De Bruyne from participating in important matches such as the Community Shield curtain-raiser against Arsenal and the English Premier League season opener against Burnley.
City’s medical department remains optimistic about De Bruyne’s rehabilitation progress, aiming for him to make his first appearance of the season on August 16. This target coincides with City’s European Super Cup clash against Europa League champions Sevilla in Athens.
Despite his absence from competitive matches, De Bruyne will still be involved in City’s pre-season preparations and their tour of the Far East. However, his participation will primarily focus on continuing his recovery rather than featuring in any of the games.