Kevin De Bruyne reveals when he hopes to return from injury after admitting he needs more 'time'
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Kevin De Bruyne has provided an update on his injury and revealed when he hopes to return for Manchester City.
De Bruyne suffered a hamstring injury in the Premier League opener against Burnley.
It was a recurrence of the problem that cut short his outing in the Champions League final against Inter Milan last season.
At the time of the injury, Pep Guardiola said: "He will be four or five months out.
"We're not at our best [because of injuries]. It's normal, and we adjust a few things, but the spirit is there."
The Belgium midfielder underwent surgery to repair his hamstring as he has played just one match this campaign.
But he hopes to return after the New Year as he admitted he still needs some 'time' to heal.
Speaking to HLN out in Abu Dhabi, he said: "Things are getting better. I still need some time, but I'll get there. I hope to be ready to go again after New Year."
De Bruyne was instrumental to Man City's treble-winning campaign last season as he starred in midfield.
He played 49 games in all competitions, scoring 10 goals as the Blues won the Premier League, FA Cup and the Champions League.
Without the 32-year-old's services, Man City have managed to win nine of their 13 league games as they occupy second place.
They drew 1-1 with Liverpool on Saturday.
Man City have booked their spot in the next round of the Champions League, having won all their European fixtures.
But they are out of the Carabao Cup following their defeat to Newcastle United.
De Bruyne's eventual return will be a big boost for Man City, who hope to have him back for the second half of the 2023/24 term.