Kevin De Bruyne

Guardiola: De Bruyne will decide when he is ready to play

Pep Guardiola has suggested he will listen to injured midfielder Kevin De Bruyne on when the Belgian should return to first-team action at Manchester City.

De Bruyne has been out of action for a month since suffering a knee ligament injury in a Carabao Cup tie with Fulham, his second spell on the sidelines this season.

The Blues star will be absent for Tuesday night’s clash with Watford, but the club are hopeful De Bruyne will be fit enough to return for Saturday’s crunch clash at Chelsea.

De Bruyne scored the winner in the corresponding fixture last season, and whilst Guardiola is keen for the club’s reigning Player of The Year to return, will listen to the 27-year-old regarding his fitness ahead of this weekend’s game.

“I don’t know (if he will be ready). He’s started training, but it’s day by day.’’ Guardiola told the press ahead of tonight’s clash away to Watford.

“In this kind of situation it is the player himself who decides if he feels good. He will train with the team and we will see.”

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