Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne said he had played in Saturday’s Euro 2020 quarterfinal defeat by Italy with a tear in his ankle ligaments.

Manchester City’s De Bruyne was a doubt for the game after picking up the injury in the last-16 win over Portugal but said he had been determined to play.

“For me personally it has been four or five weird weeks. But I especially want to thank the medical staff,” he said.

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“It was a miracle that I played today because there was definitely damage to my ankle. A tear in my ligaments. But I felt responsibility to play for my country today. Too bad I couldn’t do more,” he added in comments on UEFA.com.

The 30-year-old De Bruyne, widely regarded as one of the top midfielders in the world, has had some bad luck with injuries and had to go off with a head injury playing for City…

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