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Breaking: Kevin De Bruyne returns to Man City training

Kevin De Bruyne has returned to full first-team training with the rest of the Manchester City squad, with the Champions League last-16 and a hectic domestic schedule looming in the coming weeks.
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Kevin De Bruyne has returned to full first-team training with the rest of the Manchester City squad, with the Champions League last-16 and a hectic domestic schedule looming in the coming weeks.

The Belgian midfielder has been ruled out of the past few weeks' games through an injury to his hamstring - and despite an initial timeframe on the sidelines of up to six weeks, Guardiola has confirmed that the 29-year-old has returned to training with the rest of the first-team squad.

Speaking ahead of Manchester City's trip to Everton on Wednesday night, Pep Guardiola said on De Bruyne's situation, "Getting better, really getting better. Today, he did all training with the group. He's better."

The news will be a huge boost to all those associated with the club, as Pep Guardiola's side approach a gruelling February and March schedule, with Champions League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, and Premier League games still to contend with.

And with the news of Ilkay Gundogan being temporarily sidelined, and possibly needing some time to recover, De Bruyne's presence and addition to the numbers within the squad provides much-needed confidence.

Other team news ahead of the trip to Goodison Park includes Aguero being kept on the bench for the game, and centre-back Ruben Dias being in contention for a start after his time away from match action due to a fever and stomach problems.

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