Pep Guardiola gives hint on prospect of playing Phil Foden and De Bruyne together

Pep Guardiola doesn’t want to rush for the comeback of Kevin de Bruyne.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola has raised the tantalising prospect of unleashing Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne together in the centre of Manchester City’s attack.

Phil Foden replaced Kevin de Bruyne in the central attacking midfield role. Kevin de Bruyne was dealing with the hamstring injury and he is now looking to make a return to the squad.

Now, the big question is how Pep will use both players together when De Bruyne returns to the XI this month. The Belgium international has been sidelined since August.

City boss Guardiola said: “They are different players but it’s true that in the final third, in the decisive moments, both are incredible. The impact in goals, in passes is a lot.

“Phil is playing unbelievably lately in that position, in the threats, and he feels comfortable.

“In certain games, of course we can play both together in that position, in the pocket, in the middle, close to the box.

“In certain other games for the stability, maybe not. So we have to see day by day.”

Kevin de Bruyne started the preparation for the comeback. Man City boss is not showing any rush to include him.

The issue may not need to be resolved just yet with Guardiola not intending to rush De Bruyne back into action. He was on the bench in the previous game against Sheffield United but was not used.

Pep added on it, “Right now I don’t ask to Kevin to play his best level. “We cannot force a player with a long injury in this kind of situation. From my experience as a football player, it happened quite similar. I was one year with hamstring problems. When you come back you need time.

“It’s not, ‘OK play, it’s the best Kevin’. You have to be relaxed, enjoy the minutes he’s going to play, try to win the games.

“Kevin maybe in 20 minutes can help us more right now than 90 minutes. After that his body will dictate how many minutes more he can get.”

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