De Bruyne: I played with torn ligaments

Euro 2020

Belgium star Kevin de Bruyne has revealed he played with torn ankle ligaments during the defeat to Italy at EURO 2020 on Friday evening.

The Red Devils once again missed out on an international trophy after losing to the Italians in the quarter-finals last night.

The Manchester City star was doubtful fort the clash after picking up an injury in the win over Portugal in the previous round.

However, the Belgian midfielder has the extent of his injury was bigger than many had feared.

"For me personally it has been four or five weird weeks. But I especially want to thank the medical staff," De Bruyne said on UEFA.com.

"It was a miracle that I played today because there was definitely damage to my ankle. A tear in my ligaments. But I felt responsibility to play for my country today. Too bad I couldn't do more."

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De Bruyne added that is was a great disappointment to see his side go out at the quarter-final stage.

I think we tried everything to win that match

“They scored a fantastic goal, but the first one may have been a mistake on our part.

“They had more possession, and the ball didn’t go in for us, which is a shame. Getting eliminated is always a disappointment.”

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