De Bruyne starts for City vs Watford after horror Puncheon tackle

Jan 03, 2018, 02:31
De Bruyne starts for City vs Watford after horror Puncheon tackle

However, they remain unbeaten thanks to a last-minute penalty save from Ederson, who kept out Luka Milivojevic's spot-kick.

Pep Guardiola admits Kevin De Bruyne is playing through the pain barrier for Manchester City's clash with Watford.

Belgium global De Bruyne, who has been instrumental to City's success this season, suffered the injury after a collision with Palace's Jason Puncheon in stoppage time at Selhurst Park and left the pitch on a stretcher, with his right leg in a brace.

De Bruyne was initially taken off with his leg in a brace but was later seen hobbling down the touchline with the support of City's medical staff. "It's the only thing I ask".

Kevin De Bruyne made a surprise start against Watford. The Hornets looked on course for back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time since November at the weekend, but they conceded two goals inside the final five minutes as they slipped to an agonising 2-1 defeat against Swansea City.

The league leaders will play Watford next on Tuesday at the Etihad Stadium.

But the inevitable focus on the consequences of Sunday's match for City could not diminish the achievement for its opponent.

And while Guardiola says that De Bruyne may have been "lucky", the early indications are less positive on Jesus.

Palace, which lost its first seven league matches this season without scoring a goal, has only recently climbed out of the relegation zone.

"He's injured in the terms hopefully it will only be one or two months", he said.

In the 2003-04 season, Arsenal became the only club to get through an entire 38-game Premier League campaign without a defeat.