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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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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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