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De Bruyne ready to step up rehab after knee injury.

Premier League MANCITY 2 NEWCASTLE 1 KEVIN DE BRUYNE has been given the green light to move on to the next stage of his rehabilitation from the knee injury he suffered in August.

The Belgium international tore a knee ligament on August 15 and missed Manchester City's games against Huddersfield, Wolves and Newcastle.

The initial prognosis suggested that the 27-year-old would be sidelined for two to three months, but De Bruyne could be in line for an earlier return.

| City's Kevin Pep Guardiola sent his prized asset to his trusted Barcelonabased doctor, Ramon Cugat, who oversaw Benjamin Mendy's recovery from the cruciate knee ligament injury that kept him out of the majority of last season.

And the word from Barcelona is that De Bruyne is now ready to step up his rehabilitation programme.

Meanwhile, Guardiola stressed he did not have a problem with Leroy Sane's attitude after he left the winger out of his matchday squad for the 2-1 victory over Newcastle.

While Sane sat things out, Kyle Walker struck a 52nd-minute winner in the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium after Raheem Sterling's early opener had been cancelled out by DeAndre Yedlin.

When asked afterwards what his thinking had been regarding Sane, the 2017-18 PFA Young Player of the Year who was omitted from Germany's World Cup squad, Guardiola said: "Last game Phil Foden was not in the squad and I was so sad for Phil, like I'm so sad for Leroy now.

"But we have a squad.

We have six strikers and I decided to play with two strikers. We have two wingers plus another one on the bench, and that's why we decided this game he would not be there.

"Try to work hard again and in the next games he will be ready to play."

Kevin de Bruyne " Guardiola was then asked if he was completely happy with Sane's attitude, on and off the pitch, and the manager replied: "Yes."

Regarding the 22-year-old's performance at Wolves the previosu weekend, Guardiola said: "He played 10, 12 minutes, he tried.

"He was not precise but he tried.

"They know me - they convince me, I am satisfied."

Guardiola also had praise for Sterling, who struck in the eighth minute of what was his 100th league appearance for City.

Guardiola said: "He scored a fantastic goal and fought a lot, and especially in the second half he played so clever."

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