Guardiola reveals when De Bruyne will start first game for Manchester City

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has said that Kevin De Bruyne will be back to the City starting XI soon, but insists no risk will be taken with the 32-year-old midfielder.

The Belgian midfielder’s impact has been felt since his return from injury, as his goal and assist gave us a comeback victory against Newcastle last week.

De Bruyne was also a second half substitute for the third successive game as his corner which led to Nathan Ake’s winning goal helped us beat Tottenham 1-0 to secure our place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

As the joint third best assister in Premier League history, Guardiola says he remains a huge danger man.

Guardiola insists the Belgian will be back to starting games soon.

“He’s ready” the boss said. “I don’t know [when], sooner or later he is going to play from the beginning.

“For many reasons we want to protect him. Always we have the sense he is going to create something.

“It’s important that he can feel good and understand problems. He made an exceptional corner in the right spot – really good.”