Over the past two weeks, Kevin De Bruyne has fully resumed first-team training; yet, he still lacks match fitness before making his second Manchester City appearance of the season.
The 32-year-old was expected to be included in the matchday squad that flew to Everton in the middle of the week, but as he continues to increase his match preparedness through training, the midfielder was experiencing weariness.
The Catalan manager of Manchester City has provided some insight into whether or not De Bruyne might play against Sheffield United on Saturday, which is the team’s last game of the historic 2023 calendar year.
After the Champions defeated Everton 1-3 on Wednesday, Pep Guardiola addressed the media and disclosed how near Kevin De Bruyne is to playing again for the team. He also expressed how much he would “love” for his playmaker to return this weekend.
Kevin De Bruyne is near, but we need to exercise caution because he was tired yesterday, according to Pep Guardiola. “If you don’t manage the timings well, you can get injured again, as he did three months ago.”
“Step by step, he will return because the injury was serious, but he is training with us and is very optimistic.” He should play in the upcoming game, or Hudd, please.
After suffering an ankle injury in the first half of Manchester City’s victory over Everton, which required the England international defender to leave Merseyside wearing a protective boot, the club is also concerned about John Stones’s fitness.
In the upcoming days, Stones’ condition is anticipated to be further evaluated by City medical personnel, with the goal of sidelining the defender for “weeks” as opposed to “months.”
Pep Guardiola may provide an update on both forwards during his media duties in the coming days, but Erling Haaland and Jeremy Doku are still questionable for this weekend’s match.