Pep Guardiola has been handed a huge boost at Manchester City ahead of their trip to Leicester City this weekend, with Kevin De Bruyne reportedly set to make his return from injury at the King Power Stadium.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the Belgian international returned to training at City this week and could be fit enough to feature against the Foxes on Saturday afternoon.
The world-class midfielder has been struggling with an injury he picked up during the European Championships this summer and has been limited to just one substitute appearance so far this season.
While Guardiola’s side certainly didn’t miss him in the 5-0 wins against Norwich City and Arsenal, they have a tough run of fixtures coming up including games against Leicester, Chelsea and Liverpool, so to have their star player back fit would be a huge boost for the Citizens.
De Bruyne has been sensational for City since joining for a club-record fee from Wolfsburg in 2015, making 263 appearances and contributing an impressive 67 goals and 107 assists.
During his time at the Etihad, the 30-year-old, who was dubbed “world-class” by Mark Hughes, has won three Premier League titles, one FA Cup and five League Cups, and if he is in top form again this season then it seems likely that he will add to his trophy collection.
The former Chelsea man was City’s star performer in the Premier League last season as they ran away with the title, contributing six goals and 12 assists in just 25 top-flight appearances, earning a superb 7.65 rating from WhoScored for his performances, which comfortably ranked him as the best player in Guardiola’s squad.
Therefore, it can only be good news for City that he is closing a return to full fitness, as he will definitely be important if they are to retain their Premier League title this season.
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