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Major Kevin De Bruyne update before Man City away day at Watford

Major Kevin De Bruyne update before Man City away day at Watford

De Bruyne back in training

Manchester City creator-in-chief Kevin De Bruyne has

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for Pep Guardiola’s Premier League holders after pictures emerged earlier today of the Belgian star being put through his paces.

City are amidst preparations to travel south to the capital to clash with Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday after the Hornets gave a solid account of themselves against table-topping Chelse yesterday at home in a 2-1 loss, and the potential return of De Bruyne would go a long way in helping the City earn three points in what could be a tricky affair.

The Belgian star has not featured for City since 6 November when he completed 90-minuted against rivals Manchester United in a 2-0 win at Old Trafford, missing Premier League clashes versus Everton, West Ham, and Aston Villa as well as a Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain.

 

City kept marching on despite creative absence

Despite the absence of their most influential player, Manchester City did not skip a beat on the pitch without Kevin De Bruyne in the matchday XI either at home or abroad.

Pep Guardiola’s men posted three straight wins in the Premier League without KDB suiting up for the Etihad outfit, while also putting Ligue 1 giants PSG to the sword on the continent as they confirmed themselves as Group A winners while booking passage into the round of 16.

Major Kevin De Bruyne update before Man City away day at Watford

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 23: Bernardo Silva of Manchester City battles for possession with Dan Burn of Brighton & Hove Albion during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City at American Express Community Stadium on October 23, 2021 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Their ability to keep rolling on the pitch shows a remarkable ability to find tactical solutions, while Portuguese international Bernardo Silva picked up the slack in the heart of the command and control room under Pep’s leadership.

As Manchester City currently sit just one point adrift of Chelsea and one point ahead of Liverpool in the paper-thin race for the Premier League crown, the return of arguably the best creative mind in Europe will go a long way in boosting their chances of out-pacing their closest domestic rivals and retaining their status as current holders.


This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 23 41 57
2 Liverpool FC 22 39 48
3 Chelsea FC 24 30 47
4 Manchester United 22 6 38
5 West Ham United 23 10 37
6 Arsenal FC 21 8 36
7 Tottenham Hotspur 20 2 36
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 22 0 30
10 Leicester City 20 -3 26
11 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
12 Southampton FC 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 22 -3 24
14 Brentford FC 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton FC 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
19 Watford FC 20 -17 14
20 Burnley FC 18 -11 12

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6