Manchester City receive injury boost as Kevin De Bruyne hints at when he'll be ready to return

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The exciting winger has not played for the Premier League side since January.

Manchester City's slim Premier League title hopes have received a boost as the Guardian reports that Kevin De Bruyne has claimed that he is ahead of schedule in his recovery. 

The 24-year-old has been out for the past two months with a knee injury, but has suggested that he may be ready for the Citizens' first game following the international break which will see Manuel Pellegrini's side travel to face Bournemouth.

"My injury is going good. I am training very well and I think I'm ahead of schedule. I'm looking to be back after the international break. I think that's a couple of weeks ahead," he told the Guardian.

"I have been training outside for almost two-and-a-half weeks with the physios, doing like one-and-a-half hour sessions a day, plus inside. For the moment I am not having any issues with any individual stuff, so I am doing fine."

The playmaker's return would surely provide the Sky Blues' squad with a major lift heading into the final part of the campaign. His five goals and nine assists in the top flight this term have helped him begin to pay back the £54m that was spent on signing him from Wolfsburg in the summer (via Telegraph). 

While they have managed to win the Capital One Cup and book a quarter-final spot in the Champions League since he sustained the injury, City's form has been a major concern in recent times.

They have won just four of their last 12 games - not including the penalty shootout victory over Liverpool at Wembley - which has seen them fall 15 points adrift of Leicester in the title race and in serious danger of missing out on the top four altogether.

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