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Michael Owen explained why he was laughing at De Bruyne being stretchered off

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Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was in the XI for Tuesday night's 3-1 Premier League victory over Watford.

There were fears that he could be injured for months after he was stretchered off during Sunday's 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.

De Bruyne, 26, was a surprise name on the teamsheet at the Etihad but delivered two assists against Watford to prove his fitness.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of their comfortable win over Watford, Pep Guardiola revealed what the Belgian superstar told him in the build up to game.

"Kevin, we spoke with him and he said ‘I want to play, I want to play, I have pain but I want to play", Guardiola said.

David Silva was back in the team too after returning from Spain after taking compassionate leave to be with his family.

Michael Owen caused a stir

The BT Sport pundit famously suffered plenty of injuries during his career as a footballer - and viewers were appalled by his reaction to Puncheon's horror foul on De Bruyne.

Both players were stretchered off the pitch but Owen was laughing about it on live TV.

Puncheon received a yellow card for his foul on De Bruyne and it has since been confirmed that he suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury.

"We are disappointed to have lost two players who will be out for a long period of time with cruciate knee ligament injuries," said Palace manager Roy Hodgson.

Scott Dann suffered a similar injury for a separate challenge on De Bruyne.

Owen attempts to explain his laughter

On Tuesday evening, Owen took to Twitter to try and explain his giggle during Sunday's live coverage.

"A giggle at Puncheon’s foul as I knew it wasn’t the type to cause serious injury." - It doesn't make much sense, to be honest.

He may have been right about De Bruyne but there was no way he knew for certain that it wasn't serious - and it was pretty awful for Puncheon.

Having played for Liverpool and Manchester United, Owen already wasn't a particularly popular figure amongst Man City supporters.

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