Kevin De Bruyne close to returning from hamstring injury

Kevin De Bruyne is close to returning from the hamstring injury he suffered at the end of last season.

City’s Belgian midfield maestro, and arguably their most important player is close to returning to full action with the City squad.

Pep Guardiola shared the news at his press conference pre the friendly against Bayern Munich. Speaking with the assembled media, the City boss said: “Kevin feels much, much better, I don’t know about Bayern Munich or the next game against Atletico Madrid. But he is so close, and he is coming back soon.”

It was feared that De Bruyne would miss the start of next season. He suffered a hamstring injury in last season’s UEFA Champions League Final in the first half. He was substituted before half-time as City went on to defeat Inter Milan 1-nil in the final.

The news of De Bruyne’s impending return will give Manchester City a full squad for the remainder of the pre-season. Having a fully fit squad will be vital for Manchester City as they face a congested fixture list to begin next season.

The champions open the season against Arsenal in the Community Shield. That game is followed by a trip to Turf Moor to face Burnley in their Premier League opener. After that, the treble winners face Sevilla in the European Super Cup, then Newcastle at home 3 days later. The champions will need all hands on deck to begin next season.

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