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Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne close to training return

Kevin De Bruyne close to training return
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Manchester City ace Kevin De Bruyne will return to training in the coming days, seven weeks on from damaging his knee ligaments.

Pep Guardiola has revealed that Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne is on course for a swifter-than-anticipated return to action.

The Belgium international was expected to miss up to four months when damaging his knee ligaments in a training session in the opening week of the season.

De Bruyne will join his teammates in training from the start of next week, however, meaning that he could be in contention for a competitive comeback before the end of October.

"He's making the last steps," he told reporters at his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday's meeting with Brighton & Hove Albion. "He'll start taking a small part in training in the next days I think. Everything is going well."

De Bruyne played a direct part in 24 Premier League goals in 2017-18 to earn City's Player of the Year award.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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