Guardiola uncertain on KDB chances
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says Kevin De Bruyne is "getting better" but hinted Sunday's Premier League opener at Tottenham may come too soon for the Belgian talisman.
The Citizens ran away with the Premier League title last season, finishing 12 points ahead of rivals Manchester United, and are currently 10/11 to follow up this term.
Despite being restricted to just 25 appearances in their title romp, De Bruyne played a key role, scoring six goals and grabbing 12 assists.
But City's maverick midfielder is a doubt for the Spurs game after picking up an injury during the European Championship with Belgium this summer.
The playmaker missed the Community Shield defeat to Leicester last weekend and recent seasons have been punctuated by injury problems, which is why Guardiola doesn't want to rush the process.
When asked about the 30-year-old during Friday's press conference, Guardiola said: "He is getting better. Every day he is getting better. But we are still waiting. He can't do a full training session. Some with us, some alone. We will see in the next few days."
With Jack Grealish arriving from Aston Villa for £100m, Guardiola has ridiculous depth to his midfield with Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and the sidelined Phil Foden regularly fighting for places.
On whether Grealish was settling in well at the Etihad, Guardiola said: "Every player needs time to get to his best.
He added: "We need time. Every pre-season is like this. We decided some players can come back because they need rest after a tough season. The way they behave so far is exceptional."