Man City vs Burnley team news: De Bruyne back on the bench

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The Belgium international midfielder has been out of action since the opening weekend of the season, but is ready to return from knee ligament damage

Kevin De Bruyne is back in a Premier League squad for Manchester City, with the Belgian named on the bench for a clash with Burnley.

The 27-year-old has been out of action since the opening weekend of the season.

He figured in a 2-0 victory away at Arsenal, but then suffered an unfortunate injury in training.

Knee ligament damage was expected to sideline him for up to three months, but he is ready to return ahead of schedule.

City have nursed De Bruyne back to full fitness and through a rest period during the international break and can now let him off the leash.

Man City team: Ederson, Laporte, Kompany, Stones, Mendy, Fernandinho, Silva, Mahrez, Sane, Bernardo, Aguero.

Subs: Muric, Sterling, De Bruyne, Otamendi, Jesus, Zinchenko, Foden.

Burnley team: Hart, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Lennon, Cork, Hendrick, Defour, Gudmundsson, Vokes.

Subs: Heaton, Barnes, Wood, Westwood, Bardsley, Vydra, Long.

De Bruyne’s return is timely for City as they have seen fellow playmaker Ilkay Gundogan pick up a knock.

There has been no need to rush him back into the XI, with Kyle Walker the only man to drop out from the side which drew 0-0 with Liverpool in the Blues’ last top-flight outing.

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On the other side of the field, Joe Hart finds himself back in familiar surroundings.

The England international goalkeeper is taking in a first visit to the Etihad Stadium since completing a permanent move away from City over the summer.

Burnley are also able to call upon James Tarkowski after seeing him forced out of the most recent Three Lions squad through injury.

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