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Published: 11:45 | 22/3/16

De Bruyne ahead of schedule


Kevin De Bruyne is confident he will be back playing for Manchester City after the international break.

De Bruyne has scored 12 goals in 31 appearances for City this season but he has not featured for the club since sustaining medial knee ligament damage during the closing stages of the Capital One Cup semi-final win over Everton in January.

Despite being ruled out for ten weeks, the midfielder has returned to training and is hopeful he will be available for selection after the international break.

"The injury is going good. I'm training very well. I'm thinking that I'm ahead of schedule so I'm looking to be back after the international break. I think that's a couple of weeks ahead," De Bruyne to City TV.

"I've been training outside for two–and-a-hours weeks, doing one-and-a-half hour sessions outside, plus inside. For the moment I'm not having any issues, so I'm doing fine.

"It's always frustrating for a player not to be there. But from the day [the injury] happened I switched my button and I'm preparing myself to do well in the next couple of games when I will be there."

In his absence, City have lost four and won two of the seven Premier League matches to leave their title hopes hanging by a thread.

"Obviously it's been tough because we lost a few games in the league and we are a little bit behind," he said.

"But we are there in the Champions League, looking forward to that, and hopefully we can do well."

City have been drawn against Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and De Bruyne is looking forward to taking on the French champions.

"I think it's a very nice draw. Obviously PSG is a wonderful club. They are already champions in France so maybe that can be an advantage for us," he added.

"If you want to win the Champions League you need to win against the big guns."


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