Manchester City defender Nathan Ake said they were all surprised with the performances of Kevin De Bruyne who recently returned from more than four months injury.
De Bruyne suffered a hamstring injury during the first Premier League match of the season against Burley and it took him the whole first part of the campaign before he returned to the pitch.
However, the Belgian returned as if he never left. He has been an important squad member since he made his comeback against Huddersfield Town in the Emirate FA Cup.
In five appearances, De Bruyne had a goal, the crucial one against Newcastle United, and had five assists, leading the City to six unbeaten run in the Premier League.
Nathan Ake admitted even the Manchester City squad have been taken aback by Kevin De Bruyne’s immediate impact, stating that no one expects him to hit the group running immediately after he returned.
“Straight from the first already,” Ake said after Manchester City defeated Everton 2-0. “I think everyone expected, you know, to give him a bit of time and stuff but straight away he’s fit, he’s been training really well in the gym, he’s working really hard and you could see on the pitch straight away he was ready to go.”
“To be honest, if you’re out for five or six months normally it takes you a little bit of time but… the way he was working, to be honest, with the physios, you could see in the first few months he was working so hard and giving everything to be ready. To be fair, he was straight away.”
Nathan Ake and the rest of the City squad will hope to continue their recent form in the UEFA Champions League knockout stage happening in midweek. The Cityzens will take on Copenhagen in a bid to defend the title they won for the first time last season.