Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has entered the last phase of his recovery and is scheduled to resume training soon. It would be recalled that the combustive midfielder who scored eight goals and provided 16 assists in City’s record-breaking league triumph last term was City’s best player in the season.
The Belgian international made his first appearance of the season for the Sky Blues when he came on as a substitute in City’s 2-0 victory over Arsenal in the club’s first Premier League match of the season. He later got injured in training and has been undergoing treatment since.
He sustained a lateral collateral ligament lesion in his right knee in training at the beginning of this season in August that has kept him out of action.
Man City manager Pep Guardiola has given an update of the player’s progress. The Catalan revealed on Friday at the press conference before the league game against Brighton and Hove Albion that the 27-year-old will resume light training shortly.
”He’s making the last steps. He will start taking a small part in training in the next few days. Everything is going well,” he said.
This will come as great news to the Cityzens as De Bruyne was expected to be out for three months. Guardiola has since expressed hope of the player recovering ahead of schedule and his wish looks set to be granted.
Although it could be argued that the team has not missed him much as City top the league on goal difference ahead of next Sunday’s meeting with Liverpool. But it is in a match like this that we need him most. His quality will also be needed in the weeks to come as the club fights for silverware on different fronts.
The surprise home loss to Lyon in the Champions League is a reminder of his value to the team as he can make the difference in such important matches. All the same, he is unlikely to be rushed into action to prevent a recurrence of the injury. We will therefore need to patiently wait for his full recovery.