Manchester City star reveals he has suffered “severe pain” this season – admits difficulties “physically and mentally”

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has revealed he was in “severe pain” this season, with his injury problems it took longer to repair than expected.

De Bruyne is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world, but has struggled to reach his highest heights for Manchester City this season.

The Belgian midfielder has just three goals and an assist in 12 games to his name this season, far from the numbers we have been used to producing him over the years.

Part of that was injured, with him missing clashes against Norwich and Arsenal with an ankle injury early in the campaign.

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That saw him spend 40 days on the sidelines and is his fifth injury in this calendar year, spending nearly a month out with two separate facial fractures, ten days with a muscle injury and another month with a hamstring injury earlier in the year. .

It means he struggled to find his best form for Manchester City, and he admits things weren’t great.

“It’s a little harder than usual this year,” Het Nieuwsblad reports him saying.

“It’s not too bad, I think, but it was a little difficult physically and mentally.

“I came back with a lot of pain after the holidays, and then at the start of the season, I had my face against the wall.

“I was in serious pain, but it’s starting to get better. I just needed more time than I expected. “

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