Manchester City’s Belgian star, Kevin de Bruyne, has been nursing three injuries ahead of their Champions League final clash with Chelsea on Saturday evening.
De Bruyne has been key to City’s season, and the Belgian has chipped in with three goals and four assists in the Champions League this season.
However, De Bruyne suffered an ankle injury against Chelsea during the FA Cup semi-final last month, and that has led to a tight hamstring and a minor calf issue in the following weeks.
De Bruyne completed his first 90 minutes – since the PSG game – over the weekend against Everton after being wrapped in cotton wool leading up to the final.
And Pep Guardiola is expected to have his star-man available for the biggest game in his City career.
When speaking about De Bruyne, Guardiola said: “Kev is important like everyone is,” he added.
“The fact when we are able to stick together and be able to push each other will be possible to win it.
“Kevin is important, everyone knows it but everyone is at the same level, we will see his level and see if he is fit to play.”
And out of all the opponent’s De Bruyne could claim his first European triumph against, Chelsea would surely be the sweetest.
As a youngster, De Bruyne left his native Belgium to link up with the Blues, and he had an impressive debut at Stamford Bridge.
However, he had a strained relationship with Jose Mourinho, and after limited game-time in London
He was sold to Wolfsburg after initially joining the German side on loan.
Even when Manuel Pellegrini brought De Bruyne back to England, after he was named German Player of the Year, memories were still fresh about his inability to make an impact in London.
“It was so strange. I was completely honest. I said, ‘I feel like the club doesn’t really want me here.
“I want to play football. I’d rather you sell me,'” De Bruyne told FourFourTwo when asked about his Chelsea departure.
City lifted the Premier League title over the weekend, and alongside their Carabao Cup victory, De Bruyne will be hoping to get his hands on his third piece of silverware this season.