Kevin De Bruyne returns to training as Man City prepare for Hoffenheim

Kevin De Bruyne returns to training as Man City prepare for Hoffenheim

De Bruyne will not play against the Bundesliga club and is likely to train with the first team squad and is an outside shout to make the bench for City's clash with Liverpool this weekend.

The boss says he can see the hunger and desire that spurred the Blues to glory last season again this campaign and believes his players are doing all they can to repeat those feats this term.

Guardiola had already been having doubts about Mendy but after the France worldwide showed up late to treatment last Sunday, the City boss is now reportedly considering Mendy's future at the Etihad.

"Leroy has played really good last few games as well".

Close friend Bernardo Silva, who made the same move from Monaco to City in the summer of 2017, hopes Mendy is back on the pitch soon. "No-one expects us to get anything from it, so that's normal and that pressure is taken off, but we want to do as well as we can".

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He helped Belgium finish third at the World Cup in July, the country's best ever finish at the tournament. The 22-year-old didn't start any of City's first four Premier League games and was left out of the squad all together for the clash with Newcastle on September 1.

But he has started the last three matches and scored two minutes into his return against Fulham. "He should be here and he knows it", Guardiola confirmed before lamenting Manchester's roadworks. We are focused. That's what I'm most pleased with.

"He's making the last steps, starting training in part in the next days - part of the training session with us". After the dribble, no dribble, good assist, no assist. he will improve.

"Having said that, we have the best chance of picking up the majority of our points outside the top six, and we have to do that". "When they don't do that, after that they know what happens".