Erling Haaland still has pain and Kevin De Bruyne is close to a return Pep tells the media

Erling Haaland still has pain in his foot and Kevin De Bruyne is nearing a return from a hamstring injury. That was the update from Pep Guardiola following Manchester City’s 3-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park. The win lifted his side back into the top four of the Premier League table.

Speaking post-game the City boss had an update on the condition of Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne. The pair both missed the clash with Sean Dyche’s side due to injury as they are both at different stages of their recovery from injury.

Pep Guardiola was asked post-game about Haaland’s recovery from a foot injury. The manager said when asked about City’s star strikers progress: “He’s training a lot but not with the team yet. It’s not a stress or fracture but a question on when the pain will disappear. Hopefully (January).He has a stress, the bone is fit but painful. He’s not like Foden who is small and skinny, Erling is huge so it’s difficult at times. He’ll be fine, and when he is he’ll be back and play.”

The City manager was hoping to have De Bruyne back soon. He told the media: “The injury was serious but he’s training with us. So positive and he’ll be back soon. I’d love him to play the next game or against Huddersfield but what is important is keeping him fit for a long time.

It will be a boost to Manchester City when Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne return. The pair are crucial parts of the treble winners set up and will be welcomed back with open arms. But more important to City is having the pair back fully fit so they have been cautious with their return. The pair will likely have a key role for City in the second half of the season.

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