Rudiger says sorry to De Bruyne after full extent of injury detailed

Antonio Rudiger has apologised to Kevin De Bruyne after the pair’s collision saw the Manchester City star suffer a broken nose and a fractured eye socket.

The Blues defender was crucial as his side battled to a 1-0 victory at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto.

Kai Havertz scored the winner in the first-half meaning City had to come out and up the ante in the second 45.

They were stopped in their tracks though when De Bruyne was forced off on the hour after clashing with the German.

Rudiger has taken to social media and said: “I’m really sorry for @DeBruyneKev ‘s injury. Of course this was not intentional from me – I’ve already been in touch with Kevin personally and I really wish him a speedy recovery & hope we can see him back on the pitch very soon again.”

The Belgian midfielder himself issued an update on Sunday morning.

Antonio Rudiger has issued an apology

“Hi guys just got back from the hospital,” he tweeted.

“My diagnosis is Acute nose bone fracture and left orbital fracture. I feel okay now. Still disappointed about yesterday obviously but we will be back.”

De Bruyne was visibly upset by the injury which forced him off.

City were unable to win the Champions League that their owners covet so greatly.

There are now doubts over De Bruyne’s involvement in the European Championships, which kick-off in less than a fortnight.

Kevin De Bruyne was forced off after the collision
Kevin De Bruyne was forced off after the collision

Belgium are among the favourites and begin their campaign against Russia on June 12.

Their manager Roberto Martinez was fuming after seeing the incident and felt Rudiger should’ve been shown a red card.

He said: “For me, Rudiger is very, very fortunate. When you look at the replay, there’s no clash of heads.

“He’s properly leaving the shoulder against Kevin. He seems concussed and we will see the state of that.

“But that leaves a sour taste, because Rudiger’s holding his head, it’s almost that he wants to show that he’s hiding something.

“For me, it was excessive force and it was reckless. And it should have been a red card. Kevin is not a player that goes down for no reason. You can see the pain and it’s a swollen eye.”

Speaking after the defeat Pep Guardiola said: “It was a tight game and I think, being the first time in the Champions League (final), we played a really good final.

“We showed courage, especially in the second half. It’s not easy to play this competition for all of us, it’s our first time (in the final) but we did everything.

“I just want to congratulate the players for an exceptional season and the game they played today.”

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