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Pep Guardiola provides major update on Kevin De Bruyne’s comeback from injury

Published at :December 8, 2023 at 11:00 PM
Modified at :January 14, 2024 at 12:16 AM
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Rajarshi Shukla


Manchester City are currently enduring poor form

The inclusion of Kevin De Bruyne in Manchester City’s FIFA Club World Cup roster raises expectations for a quick comeback.

Since the season’s first game, on which he needed surgery for a hamstring injury, the Belgian has not played for the winners. January was the anticipated return date, according to the player and his agent, even though he may now play before the busy schedule.

Later this month, they will travel to Saudi Arabia for the Club World Cup, where they want to win the title of world winners for the first time. They will face the victor of Club Leon vs. Urawa Reds in the semi-finals to begin their season.

After undergoing another scan, the Belgian midfield player—who needed surgery to treat a recurrent hamstring injury—feels more resilient.

Pep Guardiola declined to specify when De Bryne would return to training with his teammates as they pursue a record-tying fourth straight Premier League championship.

Pep believes De Bruyne could return before the end of the year. ‘I think he has started to run on the pitch but hasn’t trained with us once. The FIFA Club World Cup is in two or three weeks… Maybe it’s a bit early, but I don’t know.’

De Bruyne has also been included in the travelling squad, corresponding official FIFA paperwork, despite Guardiola’s warning that it will take time to get him back into the starting lineup.

The fitness boost arrives at a perfect time for City, who had lost their previous four games and were without a win against Aston Villa. Guardiola is more certain than ever, though, that his team will win the Premier League in May of next year.

The addition of De Bruyne will undoubtedly help City. His inventiveness brings fresh energy to his team, and perhaps they can overcome their ponderous approach.

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