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De Bruyne's goal-den return has delivered the perfect comeback


Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne says his return to the Manchester City side has been “almost perfect”.

The Belgian recently recovered from a knee injury that kept him for three months — and he has scored three in four games, including the winning goal against Paris Saint-Germain that sent City through to their first ever Champions League final.

De Bruyne admits the injury setback was difficult to handle, but says it could have been far worse.

“I didn’t know what to expect, but the first four games I would say have been almost perfect,” he said. “We won three of four games and went through to the semi-finals.

“It’s the first time in five or six years I’ve been injured for that amount of time, so it was strange in the beginning to be on the sidelines — but you just have to keep your head up and work.

“In the end I was lucky with nine weeks — it could have been six months.”

De Bruyne has become a key figure for City and the 24-year-old says much of that is to do with how well he has settled, both on and off the pitch, since his arrival in Manchester.

“It’s when everything comes together. I feel good in the team, I feel happy outside of the pitch, everything is going fine so all these reasons give me a good feeling to play good and play on the pitch without other things in my head.”


Belfast Telegraph