Coming on for the final 25 minutes against Southampton, Kevin De Bruyne wasn’t able to find a winning goal for Manchester City.

The Belgian, normally instrumental in all of Pep Guardiola’s plans at the Etihad, has seen his time somewhat limited so far this season, coming off the bench twice in the Premier League, and starting just once, in the 6-3 win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League.

He suffered an ankle injury that kept him out of the Norwich, Arsenal and Leicester City fixtures, and while there were some who might be worried about the playmaker due to his  initial absence against Southampton, HLN in Belgium explain there is no reason to be.

Relayed by Voetbal24, the newspaper made it clear ‘the medical staff of City don’t want to overload his ankle’.

In fact, they are being extra cautious, as they are doing ‘everything to avoid another ligament injury and possible ankle surgery’, because ‘that’s how it goes when players are over 30’.

Rested against Southampton, De Bruyne is ‘being prepared for the more important matches’, such as the upcoming clashes against Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.