Kevin De Bruyne is finally available to feature for Manchester City.
The Belgian midfielder has been out since August with his hamstring injury and has since made significant progress in his recovery.
He was available on the substitutes bench in Man City’s 3-1 win over Everton last week and could feature in the first XI in the FA Cup tie against Huddersfield Town.
Manager Pep Guardiola has warned the Belgian against rushing back to action for fear of a relapse.
With the likes of Erling Haaland, Jeremy Doku and John Stones all struggling with injuries, the team could do with some reinforcement at the start of 2024.
The manager will be very cautious when throwing the 32-year-old midfielder back into action.
“He’s training with a lot of energy,” the City boss affirmed.
”Being injured is not good for anyone but I think for his mind it will have been good to have a few months off. What he loves is playing football but it’s been a long injury, it was major surgery and muscular so we have to be careful.
”It’s how many minutes he can handle and do it step by step. It’s not playing 90 minutes then three days later another 90 and another – after that you’d be in trouble.”
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