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Kevin De Bruyne believes he is not fully-fit despite two goals and six assists since returning for Manchester City



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Manchester City fans can still expect even more from Kevin De Bruyne in the coming weeks after the midfielder admitted he is still not up to his usual standards.

It was the 32-year-old that moved the reigning Champions of Europe into the lead at Parken on Tuesday night, combining with Phil Foden to slide home past Kamil Grabara from a tight angle to break the deadlock.

The Belgium international turned provider on the stroke of half-time to regain Manchester City’s lead, somewhat fortunately poking a ball through for Bernardo Silva to lob over the Copenhagen goalkeeper for 1-2.

De Bruyne thought he had found his second assist of the match in the final seconds of injury time at the end of the contest too, when his pull-back found Phil Foden to smash home only for replays to showcase the slightest of deflections on the way through to the Englishman.

Speaking to TNT Sports after the 1-3 win in Copenhagen, Kevin De Bruyne explained that it is simply about continuing to build minutes for Manchester City as he continues to work towards full match fitness for the crucial business end of the season.

“I’m just trying to play good football and enjoy myself,” De Bruyne explained after recording yet another goal and assist for Pep Guardiola’s side. “It’s been a long six months but I’m happy to be back helping the team to win games and try to do my best.”

Speaking specifically on his fitness, De Bruyne continued, “I feel alright, I think I still need a few more games and minutes. I’ve not played 90 minutes, I think with the Brentford game was almost a year, so it’s a long time.

“I’m getting there, I’m feeling good. The level is good enough for the moment so I’m happy.”

De Bruyne takes on his former club in Chelsea on Saturday afternoon as he looks to maintain his outstanding run of form since returning to Manchester City action from injury – a run that has seen him contribute towards eight goals.

Mateo Kovacic will also likely be welcomed back this weekend as the Croatian returns to City Football Academy training having missed clashes with Everton and Copenhagen over the last few days with a knee injury.