Man City’s Food Poisoning Outbreak after Real Madrid Trip Shakes Team

This article contains affiliate links, we will receive a commission on any sales we generate from it. Manchester City were reportedly worried that an outbreak of food poisoning could derail the business end of their season after a trip to Spain to take on Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne missed the first leg of the quarter-final, which ended 3-3, through an illness he picked up on the journey to the Bernabeu. The Daily Star reported that De Bruyne believed his sickness and vomiting were caused by something he ate in the team hotel just a few hours before kick-off on Tuesday evening.

This prompted concern in the City ranks as players and staff are often given the same meals on a matchday and follow a strict diet plan. The club were worried that De Bruyne would not be the only player to pull out through food poisoning and with Kyle Walker and Nathan Ake already missing through injury, Pep Guardiola would have been fearing the worst just a few hours before taking on Real Madrid.

City will be relieved that De Bruyne’s illness was isolated, with none of his team-mates affected. The 32-year-old has returned to full training for Saturday’s visit of Luton in the Premier League.

Walker and Ake are likely to remain sidelined, though the England right-back is nearing a return after missing three weeks with a damaged hamstring he picked up on international duty. Phil Foden hobbled off in the dying embers of City’s draw in Madrid, however, after a heavy challenge from Eduardo Camavinga.

He did reassure supporters that it was only the result of a “dead leg” that saw him taken off for Julian Alvarez. But with a second leg just a few days after Saturday’s clash with Luton it remains to be seen whether Guardiola will take a risk.

When asked if he was okay, Foden replied: “Yeah, I hope so. I’ve got a bit of a bad dead leg but I’ve got a bit of time now to recover, so hopefully I can.”

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