Kevin De Bruyne has spoken about the ovation he received from Man City fans when he came off the bench to replace Julian Alvarez after almost five months out with injury.
Undoubtedly, many Man City fans have been expecting his appearance since he returned to full training with the rest of the squad, and their wish was granted by Pep Guardiola who brought on the midfield maestro in the second part of their FA Cup clash with struggling Championship side, Huddersfield.
According to the Belgian, the moment he was introduced to the game was special, majorly due to the ovation received from the Man City fans who recognise how important he is to the team and their recent success.
“It was a special moment because obviously they appreciate what I’ve done for the club,” he said during a recent interview.
“To get that ovation after being away for five months gives you more of a boost to do well and hopefully I can do that and we can enjoy more moments like this. It was really nice for me.”
However, the Belgian stated that the fans might wait a little longer to see him playing for 90 minutes again. He insisted that he might not be fit enough at this moment to be on the pitch for a whole match. Therefore, he expects to start from the bench against Newcastle United in their next Premier League match of 2024.
There will be moments I want to play every game but I know in the back of my mind I need to take care of myself. It’s good being January where we have fewer games.
“I don’t expect to be playing too many games and Newcastle next week is a big game so I’ll expect to be back on the bench.
He added, “If they need me or want to give me minutes that will be the case but then another two weeks before a game so that is a different momentum, so we will see how it is.”