Kevin De Bruyne has made a welcome return to training at Manchester City after being sidelined with knee ligament damage since mid-August.
The Belgium international, who starred for his country at World Cup 2018 as they secured a third-place finish in Russia, suffered an untimely injury in training.
He had taken in just one domestic outing at that stage, with City having opened their 2018-19 campaign with a 2-0 victory away at Arsenal.
It was initially suggested that De Bruyne was facing up to at least three months on the sidelines, in what was a serious blow to Pep Guardiola’s plans.
City was, however, always confident that the 27-year-old could be brought back into the fold ahead of schedule.
De Bruyne, meanwhile, was quick to state that he intended to be back on the field in time for a derby date with Manchester United on November 11.
He should be well up to speed by then if his presence back on the training field is anything to go by.