Manchester City ace Kevin De Bruyne tested positive for Covid last month after suffering a fractured nose and eye socket, as well as an ankle injury, earlier in the year
Kevin De Bruyne has opened up on his Covid battle and admitted he was left “running up the walls” during his period of isolation.
Manchester City star De Bruyne tested positive for Covid after going away on international duty with Belgium last month and was forced to isolate for 10 days.
He had already endured a tough six months, having suffered a fractured nose and eye socket in City’s 1-0 Champions League final defeat to Chelsea back in May.
A nagging ankle injury sustained at the Euros restricted him to just 11 minutes in the first month of the new season, then he contracted Covid, just as he was making his way back.
“I’ve been kicked in the face, kicked in my ankle and I had Covid afterwards,” said De Bruyne.
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“I was pretty sick for four days. I think it was like the flu, but I’ve never had that, so can’t say for sure. But I had a temperature, especially in the evenings, and lost my smell and taste.
“After five days it was getting better, but I needed more time for the taste and the smell. Now I’m okay. I was 10 days on my own, so I was running up the walls. I can’t sit still anyway.
“I got away from my family, as we didn’t think we had it as a family and I didn’t want to give it to my wife and kids.
“It was pretty hard to see them through a glass door. I watched Netflix – I watched a lot of rubbish, to be fair. I was gaming and sometimes I’d chill with the kids, with a door in between us.
“The ankle was the worst, because playing and having pain every day is not something you want, but after a while it got better – then I got Covid.”
De Bruyne, 30, was back to his best in City’s 7-0 mauling of Leeds on Tuesday, scoring twice, and revealed afterwards it has been a long road back to full fitness post-Covid.
“With the schedule, it’s not that easy, but I’m doing alright,” said De Bruyne. “I played in two games and came on as a sub in two, so I’m doing what I need to do.
“I still feel my body is adapting, because sometimes I do two or three sprints and feel it, having had Covid. I’m happy that I’ve played two full 90 minutes in the week, so that’s a good thing.
“I know people say I got some injuries, but I started really early in my career and have played almost 600 games.
“I’ve played a lot and mostly the injuries I get are kicks, so there’s nothing I can do about that. Sometimes it happens, but it’ll be like this until the end of my career and I just keep going.”