Pep Guardiola will rotate his squad on Tuesday night when Manchester City face Leicester City in the Carabao Cup quarter-final round for the second year running.
One superstar who will play a part, however, is Kevin De Bruyne, who Guardiola confirmed will feature against the Foxes at the King Power Stadium.
De Bruyne returned from a second serious injury of the season in today’s 3-1 win over Everton, replacing Riyad Mahrez with 15 minutes remaining.
And it sounds like the talismanic 27-year-old will START against Leicester, based on what Pep’s remarks to the press following the match.
“It is important he plays, he will play against Leicester in the [Carabao] cup,” Guardiola confirmed.
It was in the last round of the same competition that De Bruyne suffered his most recent injury, limping off with just 4 minutes to go against Fulham, and today’s appearance against Everton was his first since then.
Guardiola hopes to ease De Bruyne back in gradually, referring to the ‘process’ prior to the Everton game.
Pep said on Friday about KDB: “We believe everything needs a process. It’s better to start step by step.”