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Guardiola urges patience with De Bruyne after injury return

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he will not rush Kevin De Bruyne back into action as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.

Kevin De Bruyne has been out of action since August after surgery on his hamstring. The Belgian star has returned to Manchester City training and was an unused substitute against Sheffield United last week.

Ahead of the FA Cup third-round match against Huddersfield on Sunday, Guardiola said De Bruyne needs time to return to his best form.

Right now I don’t ask to Kevin to play his best level,” said Guardiola.

We cannot force a player with a long injury in this kind of situation. From my experience as a football player, it happened quite similar. I was one year with hamstring problems. When you come back you need time.

It’s not, ‘OK play, it’s the best Kevin’. You have to be relaxed, enjoy the minutes he’s going to play, try to win the games.

Kevin maybe in 20 minutes can help us more right now than 90 minutes. After that his body will dictate how many minutes more he can get.”

Man City manager was also asked about playing Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne together in the central attacking midfield role.

Guardiola said: “They are different players but it’s true that in the final third, in the decisive moments, both are incredible. The impact in goals, in passes is a lot.

Phil is playing unbelievably lately in that position, in the threats, and he feels comfortable.

In certain games, of course we can play both together in that position, in the pocket, in the middle, close to the box.

In certain other games for the stability, maybe not. So we have to see day by day.”

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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