Kevin De Bruyne injury latest as Man City star battling to be fit for Man Utd derby
Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne is on course to return from injury and be available to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. The Belgian picked up a shoulder injury during City’s Carabao Cup win over Aston Villa last weekend.
De Bruyne’s injury saw him miss City’s FA Cup fifth round win over Sheffield Wednesday but it would be a huge boost to boss Pep Guardiola to have the attacking midfielder available to face United.
The 28-year-old has been in great form for City this season and has already notched up 20 assists, along with nine goals in 35 appearances in all competitions.
Guardiola had initially feared his talisman wouldn’t be available to face their rivals and when asked about De Bruyne’s injury after their win over Wednesday, he said: “I don’t know.”
However, it is understood the playmakers injury is not as bad the club had initially feared.
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And according to the Daily Star, the player will be fit enough to be in Guardiola’s starting XI this weekend.
His return will come at a crucial time for City as they look to cement their position in the Premier League while also pushing on to win the Champions League and FA Cup.
City are currently on a five-game winning streak and John Stones thinks they can continue this rich vein of form.
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“We’ve had great results out of these games and we can’t rest on that,” Stones said.
“I think we’re building momentum.
“We’ve got to be confident within ourselves and know what we’re capable of, but we’re humble about it, which is a great way to go about yourself.
“It was a tough night at Hillsborough and to keep the momentum going against difficult opposition, coming off the back of those two games – these are very positive signs for us.”
Guardiola is expected to provide an update on De Bruyne’s injury at lunchtime today, and the club may make a late decision about his inclusion to give him the best chance of being fit.
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The City manager might have already ruled out winning the Premier League as Liverpool currently have a 22-point cushion at the top, however, Guardiola will want to make amends against United after seeing his side lose 2-1 in the league at the Etihad when the clubs met at the beginning of December.
And he said the club’s current winning streak is ideal preparation for a game at Old Trafford.
“It’s better to go there winning games,” Guardiola said.
“Better to go there in the FA Cup rather than out.
“We will watch United v Derby and see what they have done in the last games, then we will go there to try and play well and try to win.”
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