Pep Guardiola today gave all Manchester City fans the news they have been waiting on ahead of their league game with Burnley, on Saturday.
Guardiola confirmed that star midfielder, Kevin De Bruyne, is fit and available for selection after missing the start of the season due to injury.
The Belgian playmaker is expected to play some part tomorrow against the Clarets, although he is unlikely to play the full game.
“I don’t know if he is able to play 90 minutes but he has trained well in the last two weeks without pain. He is ready to be part of the group.” Guardiola told his pre-match press conference.
Guardiola has quite the selection to choose from in City’s midfield. Players such as Ilkay Gundogan, Fernandinho, David Silva, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden, Oleksandr Zinchenko, and De Bruyne, are all vying for the three places in the middle of the park.
It is sure to take De Bruyne a few weeks, at least, to get himself back to full match-fitness but an appearance against Burnley would be a hugely positive step in the right direction.
Widely considered to be the best player in the Premier League, De Bruyne has shown in recent years that he certainly deserves to be spoken about in the same way as fellow-countryman, Eden Hazard, at least.
With 21 goals and 49 assists in his last three Premier League campaigns, De Bruyne has been pivotal to City’s success and he is one of the most important cogs in Guardiola’s light-blue machine.