Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has sided Kevin De Bruyne on his announced return date to the Man City squad.
The Belgian midfielder has been out since the opening fixture of the new Premier League campaign against Burnley but is likely to return in January 2024.
Earlier this week, De Bruyne claimed that he won’t be back in action until the new year.
“If he said January, it will be January,” Guardiola said.
“I would have loved to have him all season but now he has a tough injury and surgery and he said end of December or New Year so it will be a happy new year for everyone.”
However, on the effect of the injury on De Bruyne, Guardiola said he’d have preferred to still be in action as such long term injuries leave marks on the players especially considering his age.
Guardiola said: “I think he would have preferred to be with us but football is a lot of years already. He is not 21 anymore, time runs and he unfortunately had this injury. He has to recover and make a step back again. Recover well, prepare well and after one week he won’t be perfect but even off the bench he will be a good weapon for us.”