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Michael Owen explains why he laughed at Puncheon's foul on De Bruyne

The former Manchester United striker was criticised for apparently laughing at the foul

Michael Owen has explained why he appeared to laugh when discussing Jason Puncheon's foul on Kevin De Bruyne.

The Belgium international was taken off on a stretcher as a result of the challenge in Manchester City's goalless draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday.

But despite fears the Citizens' creative outlet would be facing a long stint in the medical room, De Bruyne returned for Man City's game with Watford on Tuesday.

Owen was criticised on social media for apparently laughing at the foul while talking about it on BT Sport.

Michael Owen was accused of laughing at Jason Puncheon's foul (Image: Publicity Picture)

Horror scene for Man City fans as Kevin De Bruyne signals for help (Image: Getty Images Europe)

Taking to Twitter to set the record straight, the ex-Liverpool and Manchester United striker said: "3 things I was ridiculed for after my punditry on Sunday.

"1. Jesus has a medial knee ligament injury - proved correct. 2. A giggle at Puncheon's foul as I knew it wasn't the type to cause serious injury - De Bruyne started tonight. 3. Zaha wasn't a pen - not even an argument."

Ahead of Manchester City's win over the Hornet's Pep Guardiola told Sky Sports: "Kevin, we spoke with him and he said 'I want to play, I want to play, I have pain but I want to play.'"

The Belgium international featured for 79 minutes in the 3-1 win at the Etihad, as the Citizens' unbeaten run continued.

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