Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne still feels the COVID-19 effect

City of Manchester midfielder Kevin De Bruyne said he is still feeling the effects of COVID-19 nearly a month after testing positive for the first virus.

De Bruyne tested positive on November 17, a day later BelgiumWorld Cup qualifiers with Wales. He returned to training after 10 days of isolation and completed 90 minutes for Man City against Leeds United at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

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De Bruyne scored twice in a 7-0 win included a 25-yard rocket in the second half but the 30-year-old later said he was still not back to normal.

“Sometimes I still feel that my body is still adapting because sometimes I do two or three sprints and feel it, when I have COVID,” he said.

“I was pretty sick for four days. I thought it was the flu but I’ve never been so I can’t say for sure.

“But I had canker sores, especially in the evening, and lost my sense of smell and taste. After five days it got better but need more time to taste and smell but now I’m fine.”

De Bruyne has endured a difficult six months after being forced off the field early in the Champions League final in May lost to Chelsea in May after colliding with Antonio Rudiger and then injured his ankle ligament while playing for Belgium at Euro 2020.

He has been limited to just 12 appearances this season but there is hope the injury and illness problems are now behind him.

“Obviously this season is like that,” he said. “There was nothing I could do about it, I got kicked in the face, kicked in the ankle and I got COVID after that.

“It’s part of football. After COVID, I’ve come back and trained as hard as I can. With the schedule it’s not easy but I’m doing well, I played two games and went on the pitch as a player. way is extra in two matches so i’m doing what i need to do.

“Ankle is the worst because of competition and having pain every day is not something you want but after a while it gets better and better. Then I got COVID.

“I was alone for 10 days so I ran up the walls. I couldn’t sit still anyway. I left my family because I didn’t think we had it as a family and I didn’t want to give it away. it’s for my wife and kids. It’s hard to see them through the glass.” Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne still feels the COVID-19 effect

Jake Nichol

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