Manchester City could have Kevin de Bruyne back for this weekend’s game against Everton, reports the Guardian.
While that’s terrible news for the Toffees, who will have no doubt been pinning their hopes on the Belgian sitting out for one more week, it’s just the boost Pep Guardiola needs.
City have been desperately missing the playmaker. His absence was all too overt in the 2-0 defeat at Tottenham almost a fortnight ago, with Spurs easily handling their threat.
The Sky Blues have been unable to stretch their opponents without him, and in many ways, it’s been a blessing that the international break came when it did.
If KDB does pass tests on his hamstring, he should also be able to face Barcelona at the Nou Camp next week in the Champions League.
The 25-year-old’s importance for City cannot be underestimated, though the Everton game will see all eyes turn to John Stones, who will face his old club for the first time since his summer move to the Etihad.