Kevin De Bruyne described how the tough few months featured ‘kick in the face, kick in the ankle’ and then contracted Covid, although the midfielder is hoping he can top form after two goals in Manchester City’s 7-0 win. . Leeds on Tuesday.
The facial injury that De Bruyne referred to in Chelsea’s Champions League final defeat occurred in May when he collided with Antonio Rudiger and the Belgian injured his ankle ligaments at Euro 2020. These problems hampered his pre-season preparations and the 30-year-old contracted with Covid in November.
De Bruyne said: “My rhythm is getting better. This season it is what it is. There is nothing I can do about it, I got kicked in the face, kicked in the ankle and got Covid afterwards. It’s part of football.
“After Covid, I came back and trained as hard as I could. With the schedule, it’s not that easy but I’m doing just fine. I played in two games and got into a sub in two so I do what I need to do.
“I still sometimes feel like my body is adjusting because I’m doing two or three fast sprints and I feel like that, after I’ve had Covid.”
De Bruyne described how difficult the disease was. “I was very sick for four days,” he said. “I think it was like the flu but I’ve never had it so I can’t say for sure. But I had a high fever, especially in the evening, and I lost my smell and taste. After five days, it’s better, but I need more time to taste and smell, But now I’m fine.
“I was on my own for 10 days so I was running over the walls. I can’t sit down anyway. I ran away from my family because I didn’t think we had it as a family and didn’t want to give it to my wife and kids. It was very hard to see them through a glass door.”
I watched Netflix, [did] Playing and sometimes I would relax with the kids with a door between us. I’ve already seen a Squid so I’ve seen a lot of rubbish.”