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Kevin De Bruyne carried off on a stretcher after nasty challenge from Jason Puncheon

There's concerns for Manchester City, after their star man was carried off in the dying moments of their game against Crystal Palace

Well, it all happened at the end there, didn’t it?

Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson preserved his side’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season with an injury-time penalty save from Luka Milivojevic, after Wilfried Zaha was fouled by Raheem Sterling.

But there’s still reasons for Crystal Palace to sort of be happy, having stopped City from making more history with a well-earned goalless draw at Selhurst Park.


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But for Pep Guardiola, there’ll be something else far more concerning on his mind post-match, after Kevin De Bruyne was taken off on a stretcher in the latter stages of the game.

Puncheon with a nasty tackle of De Bruyne

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Puncheon with a nasty tackle of De Bruyne

The midfielder is clearly in a lot of pain

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The midfielder is clearly in a lot of pain

Medical staff put him onto a stretcher

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Medical staff put him onto a stretcher

And he’s carried off the pitch

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And he’s carried off the pitch

Directly after the late penalty save, the Belgian playmaker was hacked down by Palace bad boy Jason Puncheon and was carted off the pitch with his knee in a brace.

At the end of the game, KDB could seen walking slowly on the sidelines, but aided by two of City’s medical team.

Don’t worry, folks, justice was sort of restored, with Puncheon also stretchered off after his somewhat wild lunge.

Puncheon hurt himself making the tackle

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Puncheon hurt himself making the tackle

And you know what?

It wasn’t even the first time in the match that the medical staff were forced to flex their muscles and use the stretcher.

Dann hurt himself earlier in the match

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Dann hurt himself earlier in the match

In the 17th minute, Eagles captain Scott Dann was also forced off the field when he was injured when trying to tackle De Bruyne himself.


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Palace boss Roy Hodgson was forced to replace him with Martin Kelly.

Crystal Palace ace Timothy Fosu-Mensah consoles Gabriel Jesus after injury

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Crystal Palace ace Timothy Fosu-Mensah consoles Gabriel Jesus after injury

There was heartbreak for Gabriel Jesus too, who left the pitch in tears after 23 minutes after suffering an injury.

Guardiola will now have to access the injuries to two of his most important players, which is already looking bad for Jesus.

You may remember Jesus’ first season at City was marred by injury, when he broke his metatarsal back in February.

He was out for two-and-a-half months and needed crutches to help him recover.

Let’s hope they all make a speedy recovery!


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