Saturday, 27 February 2016

Good news for Man City as De Bruyne step up recovery

Kevin De Bruyne has taken a big, positive step towards returning to full fitness following his knee ligament damage by having his supportive brace taken off.

The Belgian international hasn't been seen since suffering the injury in a Premier League meeting with Everton last month, but now appears ever more likely return to action in time to play a crucial role before the end of the season.

Early estimates had placed De Bruyne out for around 8-10 weeks, with an April comeback expected.

manchester City's injury crisis elsewhere generally seems to be easing. Speaking to the media on Friday, manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed that Eliaquim Mangala, Jesus Navas and Wilfried Bony are all training as normal and are available for selection ahead of this weekend's Capital One Cup final.

Kompany has taken a little longer to recover from Wednesday night's Champions League game against Dynamo Kyiv in Ukraine. But there are no serious concerns over the captain, despite his patchy recent fitness record.

On the subject of playing the first final of the season at Wembley, Pellegrini told MCFC.co.uk, "For everyone, Wembley is one of the most important stadiums in the world. To play a final there creates a different atmosphere.

"It's a special thing. That's why I respect every cup so much."

Of course, it's a trophy the Chilean has collected as City boss once before. The sky blues defeated Sunderland under the arch in 2014 and Pellegrini is well aware how much of a boost it can be for the rest of the season after going on to lift the Premier League trophy a few short months later.

"To win a title in February, that gives you a lot of trust to continue fighting for other competitions," he explained.

"We are six points behind the leaders in the Premier League and we will continue to fight to the end - this could give us a lot of trust if we are successful on Sunday.

Speedy recovery.

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