Contrary to reports in the weekend papers, Kevin De Bruyne is not currently ahead of his recovery schedule after suffering lateral knee ligament damage in training last month.
In their official statement concerning his injury, Manchester City said the Belgian midfielder would be out for ‘around three months’, and nothing has changed at this point.
City Watch understands that De Bruyne was in Barcelona last week along with fellow injury-hit City players Claudio Bravo, Eliaquim Mangala and Philippe Sandler, to meet with the esteemed knee surgeon Dr Ramon Cugat. This was Kevin’s third visit to Barcelona since sustaining the injury.
De Bruyne had wanted to remove the protective knee brace from his leg but Cugat wouldn’t allow it, meaning KDB is not ahead of schedule with his recovery and still has a long way to go.
It is possible that De Bruyne could return before the predicted three months but at this stage of his rehabilitation it is simply too soon to know for sure. He is currently projected to return to action in November and will be fit for the hectic festive period of fixtures.