Everton keeper Joel Robles has apologised to Kevin De Bruyne after he tried to haul the Man City man to his feet while he was injured on Wednesday night.
De Bruyne was carried off on stretcher with a knee injury in stoppage time on Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Everton in the League Cup semi-final, second leg at The Etihad.
The Dutch midfielder made a huge impact by scoring and laying on Sergio Aguero’s aggregate winner after replacing Yaya Toure on 66 minutes.
De Bruyne though fell awkwardly after tackling Ramiro Funes Mori in injury time and Robles dashed over to him and urged him to get to his feet, thinking he was time wasting.
But Robles later apologised via Twitter: “I would like to apologise to Kevin De Bruyne for my reaction to his injury. In the heat of the moment I didn’t realise he was badly hurt…”
I would like to apologise to Kevin De Bruyne for my reaction to his injury. In the heat of the moment I didn’t realise he was badly hurt. ..
— Joel Robles (@joelroblesb) January 27, 2016
De Bruyne will have a scan on the injury on Thursday morning, but his agent told Sky Sports he was expected to be “back in a few days”.
Meanwhile De Bruyne’s agent Patrick De Koster told Belgian website Sporza: “Kevin felt a little crack in his knee. He thinks he has a twisted knee and ankle, no MCL (medial collateral ligament) damage.”