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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
1Manchester CityMan City97202632323
2Liverpool97201631323
3Chelsea96302071321
4Arsenal970222111121
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs9702167921
6Bournemouth95221612417
7Watford95131312116
8Everton94321512315
9Wolverhampton WanderersWolves943298115
10Manchester UnitedMan Utd94231516-114
11Leicester CityLeicester94051515012
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton93241013-311
13Burnley92251017-78
14West Ham UnitedWest Ham9216814-67
15Crystal Palace9216511-67
16Southampton9135614-86
17Cardiff CityCardiff9126819-115
18Fulham91261125-145
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield9036418-143
20Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9027614-82

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