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Kevin De Bruyne had to be substituted in the first half of the Champions League final after picking up an injury.

The Manchester City midfielder was replaced by Phil Foden on 35 minutes after picking up what appeared to be a muscle injury.

It is the second time he has left a Champions League final early having had to go off in the 2021 defeat to Chelsea due to injury. He was also replaced in the FA Cup final victory over Manchester United.

De Bruyne had first gone down just after the half-hour mark at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul and received treatment from City’s trainers. He has had injury problems over the past few weeks and last played a full 90 minutes a month ago.

City are taking on Inter Milan in the final, looking to become the first English club to complete a treble since Manchester United in 1999.

‘A crushing blow’

Analysis by Manchester City correspondent Sam Lee

De Bruyne going off injured in the first half is very cruel, and a crushing blow for him considering he was forced off with a nasty injury in City’s previous Champions League final in 2021. De Bruyne has been so key for City for so many years now, their main man for basically all of that time (until Erling Haaland turned up) and in the conversation about hypothetical future statues outside the Etihad Stadium it has always seemed to be the case that if De Bruyne were to make a telling contribution in City’s first Champions League victory then he could go up alongside Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Vincent Kompany. As everybody knows, he has the quality to do that, but has been robbed of the opportunity twice now, and especially tonight with so much of the game to go at the time of his exit.



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