Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has returned to training ahead of schedule, according to BBC Sport.
The Belgian attacker picked up a knee ligament injury just over six weeks ago and was thought to be out for approximately three months. However, the former Chelsea man, who did not require surgery on the problem, looks as though he will be returning to action sooner rather than later.
De Bruyne, 27, has only made one appearance so far throughout the current campaign – a substitute appearance in the reigning champions’ opening day win over Arsenal.
He was granted an extended break throughout the summer as his country reached the World Cup semi-finals in Russia. Roberto Martinez’s men eventually finished third after beating England in a playoff.
Alongside Mo Salah, De Bruyne was one of the players of the season in the Premier League in 2017/18. He made 52 appearances in all competitions, scoring 12 times and providing 21 assists.
Despite his return to first team training, it is not thought that he will be available in mid-week as Pep Guardiola’s troops do battle with Hoffenheim on Tuesday evening in the UEFA Champions League. The Citizens lost their first match in the competition to Lyon and the German outfit can be backed at 8/1 to make it back-to-back losses for City in Europe with BetVictor.