Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne is set to make his return from injury when the Citizens host Burnley on Saturday, City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed.
The Belgian playmaker has made just one substitute appearance this season after suffering a knee injury in training on August 15.
De Bruyne has progressed well and returned to training prior to a 0-0 draw at Liverpool before the international break after City had initially feared that De Bruyne would be out of action until late November.
Guardiola decided against rushing City’s player of the year back for that top-of-the-table clash at Anfield.
But he could be eased in from the bench against Burnley with one eye on a more prominent role for the trip to Tottenham in the Premier League on October 29.
“I don’t know if he’s able to play 90 minutes but he has trained really well over the past two weeks, with no pain and ready to be part of the group,” said Guardiola.
“He’s so important for us. When a player is out, I like it when they’re back to make us stronger. (There is) no doubt how important he is for us.”