The City playmaker suffered a nasty-looking knee injury against Everton on January 27th that resulted in tears in his knee and ankle ligaments and looked as if it could end his season prematurely. Now, he could be on track for a surprising return much sooner than anticipated.
“I hope to be back training with the squad in five weeks, after the international break at the end of March,” the Belgian told Manchester City. “Everything’s going according to plan. I’ve already been working cautiously for four weeks now: doing some squats, training my muscles. Now the brace is off, the real work is about to begin.”
De Bruyne’s return would be a welcome sight for the Manchester City attack. The Citizens have exactly one goal in all each game since his injury across all competitions except one – an FA Cup tie against defensively-challenged Aston Villa where they ripped off a four-spot. Before his injury, the club was scoring 1.5 goals per game in Premier League play.
The attacker has been frustrated during his time on the sidelines as well, being forced to watch the club lift the Capital One Cup without him.
“It’s a weird feeling to miss a final, but I’m really happy we’ve won,” De Bruyne said. “It’s my first trophy over here and hopefully not my last. I only missed this game in this campaign. That happens.”