The 28 year old Belgian midfielder injured his shoulder in the Carabao Cup final win over Aston Villa, but Pep Guardiola is hopeful he can return for Old Trafford derby match on Sunday.
Kevin De Bruyne remains a doubt for the Manchester derby and could potentially miss the game against Arsenal in midweek
The Manchester City midfielder injured his shoulder in last weekend’s Carabao Cup final win over Aston Villa, after coming on for the last half an hour of their 2-1 win in a huge blow for the Guardiola’s side.
Kelvin De Bruyne suffered a serious ligament to his shoulder which ruled him out of their FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday this midweek.
Manchester city manager pep Guardiola is not ruling him out of the Manchester derby and he is giving him opportunity to recover in time for the super Sunday match at Old Trafford
He is getting better, training and tomorrow he will improve,” Guardiola said.
“He feels better. We will see about Sunday’s game.
This March could quite be the defining month for the City’s side as they prepare to their second leg round 16 of the champions league, key fixtures in the league as well as FA Cup quarter Final with Newcastle before home game fixture with table leaders Liverpool on April.
Manchester City are on their run form of 5 game wining streak since beginning of February and Guardiola is very happy for their recent form.
It was a good month for us after the little break that we had,” he added.
“We had West Ham at home, Leicester away, Real and then the final of the Carabao Cup.
We know how difficult these games are. I think we did well. There are a lot of games still to play.
For now all their focus is on the match against Manchester United on Sunday and it will be the fourth such fixture in as many months and City are willing to level it at two wins apiece this season
Manchester United Coach expect the match to be a classic derby fixture and it is a game Guardiola is willing to come out victorious.
I love it. Derbies are special,” he said.
“The situation this season is a little bit different because we are playing to improve and finish second, not to win the title.
For them it is so important to qualify for the Champions League. It is important to improve what we want to do.
“I’ve always believed United are a strong team. The game at home that we lost they played a good 30-34 minutes. Always, I have a big respect for United.
“Winning games and titles is good for our mood and confidence.