Pep Guardiola has been handed a huge injury boost at Manchester City as Kevin De Bruyne has been passed fit to feature against Brighton on Tuesday night after missing recent games against Chelsea and Newcastle United through injury.
City travel to face Brighton on Tuesday evening and, although the game will be something of a dead rubber with Guardiola’s side having already secured the Premier League title and Brighton having secured safety, the Spaniard will undoubtedly be relieved to have his star midfielder back in the squad, as the Champions League final is now less than two weeks away.
De Bruyne has been one of City’s star performers in their exceptional season thus far, with his displays in the Premier League and Champions League key to their success in both of those competitions.
The Belgium international has contributed five goals and 11 assists in the Premier League so far this season, averaging a superb 7.56 rating from WhoScored, which not only ranks him as the top performer in Guardiola’s squad, but as the third-best player in the entire top flight this season.
His performances in the Champions League have also been exceptional, as his three goals and four assists have helped him to average an incredible 7.73 average rating from WhoScored, which ranks him as the seventh-best performer in the competition.
Therefore, it seems highly likely that he will start the final against Chelsea later this month, provided he doesn’t suffer an injury in the final two league games of the Premier League season, which is a huge boost for City’s chances of winning the famous trophy for the first time in their history.
The 29-year-old midfielder, who was described as “magnificent” by City teammate Ferran Torres earlier in the season, will hopefully be able to add some more control in midfield against Brighton if he features, as the Citizens looked vulnerable when losing possession against Newcastle United last time out.
Hopefully for Guardiola, the £90m-rated De Bruyne can remain unscathed on his return to action and rebuild his match fitness ahead of the final in Portugal later this month.