Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

De Bruyne Battling to Be Fit for Season Opener

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

De Bruyne Battling to Be Fit for Season Opener

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KEVIN De Bruyne has been putting in extra hours on holiday to ensure he is raring to go for the start of the season.

on The playmaker has missed City's preparations in Germany and China, having been involved in Belgium's run to the quarter-finals the European Championships. But he worked hard during his break to ensure he is in decent shape and in with a chance of involvement against Sunderland August 13.

"Fitness-wise I feel OK," he said. "I trained a lot already, a little bit in the vacation, and now I'm doing fine.

"At full fitness, it's difficult to say (if he will be fit to face Sunderland). I reckon not but I will be there around my full fitness and the season is long."

De Bruyne's effort should please his new manager, who has banned junk food for City's players and ordered anyone that doesn't meet his fitness standards to train away from the main squad. …

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