Kevin De Bruyne has returned to Barcelona to be assessed by the club’s trusted surgeon Dr Ramon Cugat. The Manchester City midfielder was recently told he did not require surgery after damaging lateral knee ligaments in training just a week into the new Premier League campaign.
It is understood the brilliant Belgium international is expected to be sidelined for around three months, but he is hopeful of returning quicker than that after he started his rehab programme in recent days.
City insiders state De Bruyne, who topped the charts for Pep Guardiola’s men last season with 16 assists, is already using an underwater running machine to aid his recovery.
Cugat is certainly the man the Citizens trust and he performed an operation only last week to repair the injured Achilles of goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, which is likely to see him miss most of this season.
Cugat is happy with his original assessment made on De Bruyne although it is still very early days for the 27-year-old playmaker.