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Kevin De Bruyne Has Knee Brace Removed

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Manchester City play maker Kevin De Bruyne has had his knee brace removed and is now resuming training in the gym before a return to the training pitch in a few weeks. De Bruyne was seriously injured in the waning minutes of the Blues 3-1 (4-3 aggregate) win over Everton in the League Cup Semifinals on January 27. The Belgian play maker has contributed 12 goals and 12 assists in all competitions for City this season.

De Bruyne, the club record signing could return to first team action within four or five weeks. Also of note is that if De Bruyne returns by early April he will have several matches to get back into playing shape for the Belgian National Team's Euro 2016 campaign.

Belgium captained by Manchester City Skipper Vincent Kompany are among the tournament favorites this summer in France. A healthy De Bruyne would boost Belgium's chances of winning a first ever major international trophy.