Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne has returned to individual training to give his team a big boost ahead of the rest of the season. The Belgian international has missed the last six Manchester City games because of a muscle injury. Kevin De Bruyne sustained the muscle injury during the home game with Aston Villa in the league last month and he was ruled out for up to six weeks as at then.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola gave the update on Kevin De Bruyne during his pre-match presser ahead of the visit of old rival Jose Mourinho and his Tottenham Hotspur players. According to Guardiola during his pre-match press conference on Friday, Kevin De Bruyne has started light training but he didn’t put a timescale on his return to the Manchester City squad. Kevin De Bruyne faces race against time to be fit for the start of the Champions League knockout stage this season. Manchester City will face German opponents Borussia Moenchengladbachover two legs in February and March to determine who will qualify for the quarterfinals of the competition.

Kevin De Bruyneis widely regarded as the talisman in the Manchester City team these days but the Citizens have coped well with his absence in recent weeks. Manchester City have won all the six games that he has missed in all competitions to take their winning run to 15 games in all competitions, which is a record in English football. Manchester City beat Swansea City 3-0 away from home in the fifth round of the FA Cup earlier this week to take their winning run in all competitions to 15 thereby surpassing the record previously held by Preston North End and Arsenal. The Citizens will face hosts Everton in the next stage to determine who goes through to the semis.