Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne’s long-awaited return for Manchester City in the holders’ 5-0 rout of Huddersfield was a memorable moment on Sunday.
De Bruyne had been sidelined since tearing his hamstring during the Premier League opener against Burnley in August.
He finally got back in action as a 57th minute substitute in City’s emphatic victory over the Championship strugglers at the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola’s side were leading by goals from Phil Foden and Alvarez when the 32-year-old was introduced.
City netted three more times through Ben Jackson’s own goal, another Foden effort and a Jeremy Doku strike on his return from injury as a second-half substitute.
Fittingly, Doku’s goal was set up by a deft lofted pass from De Bruyne.
City have stayed afloat without De Bruyne, but his world-class quality in midfield will be a key factor in their bid to retain the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.
“We are incredibly delighted to have him back because Kevin helps to win games. It is so important to have him back after a long injury,” Guardiola said.
“Of course he has a special ability and quality to do something that is difficult to find. Kevin is exceptional. He is unique.”
Premier League strugglers Luton were held 0-0 by third tier Bolton at Kenilworth Road.
Nottingham Forest were also given a scare by League One opponents as Nuno Espirito Santo’s men recovered from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Blackpool.
West Ham were held to a 1-1 draw against second tier Bristol City at the London Stadium. — SuperSport.