After the international break when the Sky Blues take on Burnley in the Premier League on October 20, Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne will reportedly make his return to action.
The city decided against risking him for the clash against Liverpool on Sunday, according to Jonathan Smith of ESPN FC, but after a knee ligament injury, he returned to training.
As he made 16 assists and scored eight goals in the club’s Premier League-winning campaign, the 27-year-old was arguably City’s most important player last term.
He only played 31 minutes for Pep Guardiola’s side in 2018-19.
Back in August, De Bruyne came on as a replacement in City’s Premier League opener against Arsenal, but then picked up an injury in training that has since held him out.
The city nevertheless managed to win six of their eight Premier League games in the absence of the Belgian, and then they remain at the top of the table, tied on points with Liverpool and Chelsea:
The return of De Bruyne could be a major boost for the Manchester outfit as they head through the season’s busy stretch.
As Smith noted, he was left out of the Belgium squad for their upcoming games, so before the Burnley clash, he has another 12 days of recovery time.
Guardiola does not start De Bruyne against the Clarets, because, without him, City should have enough to collect all three points.
But it is likely to be hoped that he will return to full fitness for critical meetings in late October with Shakhtar Donetsk and Tottenham Hotspur.