Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

De Bruyne Fit for Purpose but Won't Start Every Game

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

De Bruyne Fit for Purpose but Won't Start Every Game

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KEVIN de Bruyne declared he has found another gear in his return from injury.

But the City midfield ace does not expect to play virtually every game until the end of the campaign.

The Blues now face a difficult run of five games in 15 days, so De Bruyne's return to full fitness could not have come at a better time. He put in a man of the match performance as City beat Burnley 5-0 in the FA Cup on Saturday, scoring a trademark blockbuster, teeing up Bernardo Silva for his goal and forcing an own goal out of Burnley defender Kevin Long.

He had been out for seven weeks with a knee problem when he made his comeback at Leicester in the Carabao Cup on December 18, and his return to action has been more phased and gradual than in the past.

Last year De Bruyne played every Premier League game apart from the derby, which was sandwiched between the two legs of the Champions League quarter-final, and the meaningless game with Brighton, after the title was wrapped up. …

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