A journalist explains why De Bruyne won’t be benched for Man City’s matchup against Urawa Reds.
This week, as Manchester City arrived in Saudi Arabia for the FIFA Club World Cup, Kevin De Bruyne finally resumed his training.
A few Manchester City supporters expressed their extreme delight on social media at the Belgian’s return to his teammates.
It is possible that some people thought the 32-year-old would be back in the lineup, but he isn’t even starting for Manchester City against Urawa Red Diamonds.
So why does Manchester City not have Kevin De Bruyne on the bench? Let’s examine this.
Why Manchester City does not have Kevin De Bruyne on the bench
If that was your concern, then there hasn’t been a setback.
Instead, Joe Bray of the Manchester Evening News claims that the intention was always to keep De Bruyne out of the game and merely let him participate in training.
“Erling Haaland, Jeremy Doku, and Kevin De Bruyne have all arrived with the City squad for the CWC semi-final vs. Urawa,” he posted on X, formerly known as Twitter. It does not guarantee that they will be included, though.
Bray said, “None of them on the bench as expected,” following the announcement of the starting lineup. Max Alleyne, Mahamadou Susoho, and Micah Hamilton are three young players who City had to register last night in lieu of any injured players, indicating that it was never the intention for KDB and company to play today.
The Manchester City No. 17 is nearby.
Even though De Bruyne’s absence from the FIFA Club World Cup would have been regrettable, his return is not far off.
While attending the most recent Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the Belgian told reporters he hopes to return “close after the New Year, if everything goes well,” implying that a return could happen at the beginning of January.
De Bruyne should still get a medal if Manchester City wins the competition despite not playing in the FIFA Club World Cup, as he was selected for the 23-man roster.