Manchester City’s Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is on track to return to full training in this month after picking up an injury in January.

De Bruyne, who joined City from Wolfsburg in the Summer for a fee of over £18 million, had to be stretchered off in the Capital One Cup semi-final against Everton and was later diagnosed with tears in both his knee and ankle ligaments.

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However, De Bruyne has made good progress and is on track to return to action this month.

Speaking to the official City website, De Bruyne said that he was close to a return, and was hopeful of a return sooner rather than later.

I hope to be back training with the squad in five weeks, after the international break at the end of March. Everything’s going according to plan. I’ve already been working cautiously for four weeks now: doing some squats, training my muscles. Now the brace is off, the real work is about to begin.

He also spoke of his disappointment that he missed City’s penalty win over Liverpool at Wembley, leading to the Blues lifting the Capital One Cup for the second time in two seasons.

It was difficult. I hate sitting in the stands. I’d rather watch a match at home, because once you’re in a stadium, you always want to be on the pitch.

It’s a weird feeling to miss a final, but I’m really happy we’ve won. It’s my first trophy over here and hopefully not my last. I only missed this game in this campaign. That happens.