When Kevin De Bruyne got injured Irish fans immediately thought of the Euros

Manchester City had mixed fortunes last night. They got through to the Capital One Cup final thanks to some dodgy decision-making, but also had one of their star players stretchered off the park.

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne lies injured during the Capital One Cup, semi final, second leg at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester.

Kevin De Bruyne looked to be in serious pain as he was taken from the field and initial conjecture suggested a serious cruciate ligament injury.

Sympathy was in short enough supply, when many thinking the player had been in the middle of a dive when he got injured.

For many Irish fans the first question was, what does this mean for the European Championships?

Ireland face the highly-rated Belgium team in the group stages of the tournament this summer, and a team without De Bruyne is seen as a much easier opponent than one with him.

It is especially galling considering some feel that the midfielder should actually be playing for Ireland, purely going on looks.

Some bad news this morning for folks indulging in a bit of schadenfreude; with reports that the injury may be less serious than first thought.


By Grainne McGuinness

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