Kevin De Bruyne back in Manchester City training as return to action edges closer

Manchester City have been boosted by Kevin De Bruyne’s return to training after he joined the first team for their preparations to face Hoffenheim on Monday.

The 27-year-old suffered a serious lateral knee ligament injury in training seven weeks ago and is now closer to getting back on the pitch, although the club and his agent have refused to give an exact date for his return.

De Bruyne was joined by Sergio Aguero in training on Monday, despite the Argentine being taken off immediately after scoring against Brighton with what Pep Guardiola described as a foot problem. It looks like the 30-year-old will be fit to line up against Hoffenheim tomorrow, with City confirming he will fly to Germany with the others.

KDB’s return won’t be so soon and he will also miss this weekend’s Liverpool game, but with an international break coming up, it isn’t out of the question that we could see him get minutes against Burnley later this month.

Fabian Delph and Benjamin Mendy are both out of the Hoffenheim game, meaning Oleksandr Zinchenko or Danilo could line up at left-back.

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