‘Kevin is so important’ – Guardiola gives update on Kevin De Bruyne’s injury

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Man City boss Pep Guardiola has said Kevin De Bruyne is close to getting an appearance in the Blues shirt again, but he is unsure if the Belgian midfielder will be ready for the FIFA Club World Cup which will begin soon.

However, despite Guardiola’s uncertainty to whether De Bruyne will participate in the tournament, the Belgian midfielder has been including in City’s squad for the tournament.

“I think he has started to run on the pitch but hasn’t trained with us once,” said Guardiola.

“The FIFA Club World Cup is in two or three weeks. I don’t know. Maybe it’s a bit early but I don’t know (at this point).

“Kevin is so important.

“But unfortunately, he’s had a tough injury for three or four months.

“Don’t put pressure on him, when he’s back we’ll have open arms for him.

“But I’ve said to the team, do you know how we struggled to get the Treble?  We were eight or nine points behind Arsenal.

“With all the problems and injuries we had. It’s normal, that’s why we gave credit to the Treble.

“The same team right now, before the game against Wolves, were one game off the best start ever for this Club.

“At the international break we were top.

“We faced Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Aston Villa, they’re top teams, and it can happen.

“We didn’t deserve to win against Villa, I don’t need time to reflect.

“I don’t need ‘oh maybe We can do this. We have to do it all together and if Kevin is here, yes, if not, okay.

“Or maybe Rodri’s not here, so I have to find a way when he’s not there.

“Last season he was almost always there so l have to find a way.”