Pep Guardiola believes his side has covered the loss of Kevin De Bruyne so far this season. The midfielder has been out since the first 20 minutes of the season opener against Burnley. City’s inspirational midfielder is getting close to returning from hamstring surgery. The midfielder is due back in the New Year and the champions will welcome his return.
Speaking before City’s UEFA Champions League Group G clash with Red Star Belgrade Pep Guardiola believes his side has covered the loss of De Bruyne. Pep said: “Of course, I’d prefer Kevin is with us. Of course, we need him. You have to handle the situation with the players we have. I’ve said many times when we have stable positions with players like last season, the cover with the players you mention. Of course, the word isn’t miss something but change something and you need time to adapt. But I have the feeling so far is good, we don’t drop too much.”
The treble winners currently find themselves four points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool and have qualified from Group G of the UEFA Champions League comfortably. Manchester City have set themselves up for a title challenge and to defend their UEFA Champions League crown in the second half of the season. The imminent return of Kevin De Bruyne will be a welcome boost for the European champions as they look to kick on the second half of the season.
The midfielder was included in Manchester City’s squad for next week’s FIFA Club World Cup. While he isn’t expected to feature in Saudi Arabia, De Bruyne’s addition to the travelling squad means his return to the City squad isn’t far away. The champions will be boosted by the return of the club legend when he does return from hamstring surgery.