Kevin de Bruyne hobbles off injured just 22 minutes into season in huge Man City title blow

KEVIN DE BRUYNE has hobbled off after just 22 minute in Manchester City’s opening Premier League clash away at Burnley.

The City midfielder had been a doubt going into the game after having to recover from a hamstring tear he suffered in last year’s Champions League final.

GettyDe Bruyne was withdrawn early in the game against Burnley[/caption]

He was replaced by new City signing Matteo Kovacic in the 23rd minute with the Cityzens 1-0 up against Burnley courtesy of a fourth minute Haaland goal.

The Belgian pulled up suffering from discomfort in the 20th minute and was immediately consoled by Haaland and Bernardo Silva as he crouched down.

De Bruyne, who was captaining City on the night, handed the armband to Kyle Walker as he trudged off the pitch.

It’s unclear exactly what the injury is of yet but it seems likely to be a reoccurence of the hamstring issue that forced De Bruyne off early in City’s Champions League final against Inter Milan.

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