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Guardiola: De Bruyne could be fit to face Liverpool

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester City at The King Power Stadium on December 26, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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Ahead of the most anticipated match of 2019 (so far), Pep Guardiola said he feels confident that one of Manchester City’s stars could be on the field as the game kicks off.

Speaking at a press conference a day prior to Manchester City hosting Liverpool in a top-of-the-table clash, Guardiola noted that Kevin de Bruyne could play on Thursday, despite missing Man City’s last match with a muscle injury.

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“He trained today but tomorrow [Wednesday] we need another check in the morning but he is much better,” Guardiola told reporters. It’s been an injury ravaged campaign for de Bruyne, and after returning from another long-term injury, missing the match last weekend against Southampton seemed to spell doom once again for the Belgian midfield maestro.

De Bruyne has made just nine appearances this season for Man City in all competitions, scoring one goal, but even if he’s out of form, having him back against Liverpool will be crucial. Man City can’t afford to drop any more points this season and a win over Liverpool could swing the title challenge again back in their favor. It will be immeasurably tougher without de Bruyne in the lineup.