Kevin De Bruyne says Fernandinho’s return from suspension is perfectly timed.
The Brazilian has been absent since City beat Burnley 2-1 at the start of the month and he’s since missed the games against West Ham, Everton, Spurs and Crystal Palace.
Considering he’s played every available minute of Premier League action this season. It’s clear how highly he’s rated by both his manager and team-mates.
“Obviously we’ve missed him,” said De Bruyne. “He’s been an important player throughout his time at City and he plays a pivotal role for us in midfield and helps keep everything organised plus he’s also very good on the ball.
“Now he’s served his ban and is available for us again so it’s a big boost for the team because he’s missed seven games this season through suspension.
“If you get a red card in England you’re banned for three or sometimes four games which is unbelievable but there’s not much you can do about it. I think one game is enough but those are the rules, I suppose.
“I think Ferna’s one of the best holding midfielders I’ve ever played with and its worth remembering that he’s 30 years-old – incredible that he has so much energy – you don’t see that everywhere in players who are 30 so we are very lucky to have him.”
The Blues will look to return to winning ways in the Premier League against West Ham on Wednesday after dropping points against Everton and Spurs.
De Bruyne admits City’s frustrating habit of creating opportunities but failing to convert them is one of the main reasons Chelsea now hold a 12-point gap.
“It’s just how it goes sometimes,” said De Bruyne. “I think we’re playing much better than we did last season but then you play like we did against Tottenham and you only come away with a 2-2 draw despite completely outplaying them for 90 minutes.
“We played so well but only got a point and that’s how it’d been going for us this year so it’s a little bit frustrating. The important thing is we are creating chances so the goals will come.
“Hopefully we can beat West Ham on Wednesday and then put a bit of a run together in the coming weeks.”