Pellegrini ‘optimistic’ De Bruyne will play again this term

Date published: Wednesday 27th January 2016 10:59

Kevin de Bruyne: Forward had to be stretchered off the field

Kevin de Bruyne: Forward had to be stretchered off the field

Manuel Pellegrini suggests the knee injury suffered by Kevin de Bruyne in Manchester City’s League Cup semi-final victory over Everton is not as serious as first feared.

The second half introduction of De Bruyne changed the match at the Etihad, with the Belgian scoring one goal and crossing for Sergio Aguero’s winner.

However, the 24-year-old had to leave the field on a stretcher after falling awkwardly on his right knee.

“I’m optimistic he won’t be out for the rest of the season. It’s not the cruciate ligament, it’s the medial, we think,” Pellegrini said.

The Chilean also expressed his delight at City’s comeback victory against the Toffees, who led 3-1 on aggregate following Ross Barkley’s opener.

Pellegrini’s side will now face Liverpool in the final at Wembley on February 28.

“I am very happy, to play a final at Wembley, it is very important,” he added.

“We deserved to be in the final, we had just one defeat – that was against Everton with a clear penalty.

“We won because we scored three goals and Everton had just one chance. We have one month to think about the final.

“It will be a tough game and we are optimistic we will win the cup.It is important for the team to win a cup in February, it gives you a lot of trust.

“Wembley is a special stadium.”

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