Kevin De Bruyne is getting closer to returning to action for Manchester City. The midfielder has been out since injuring his hamstring on the opening day of the season at Turf Moor. De Bruyne was substituted after 20 minutes of City’s opening day 3-nil win over Burnley.
The midfielder has been missed by Manchester City this season. Pep Guardiola’s side has missed the creativity and leadership the Belgian midfielder provides. It was evident in City’s 1-nil defeat to Aston Villa midweek just how much his presence has been lacking for the European champions. They only created two chances over the 90 minutes in a frustrating defeat.
Guardiola gave an update on De Bruyne’s recovery. He said despite the midfielder being included in City’s squad for the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup he may not feature. He told the media: “I think he has started to run on the pitch but hasn’t trained with us once. The FIFA Club World Cup is in two or three weeks. I don’t know. Maybe it’s a bit early but I don’t know (at this point).”
The City manager also told the media that Kevin De Bruyne won’t immediately solve all of City’s recent issues. He added that he would need time to discover his best form. He added: “Kevin is so important. But unfortunately, he’s had a tough injury for three or four months. Don’t put pressure on him, when he’s back we’ll have open arms for him.”
There is no doubt that the loss of De Bruyne has been a savagw blow for the treble winners. On top of his tremendous talent the midfielder’s presence inspires his teammates and lifts those around him. But after being out for so long it is welcome news for City that his return is imminent.