Kevin De Bruyne says he feels he is progressing faster than he expected after his injury lay-off.
The Belgian playmaker bagged another 75 minutes under his belt against Burnley on Saturday, creating two goals and scoring one himself in a man-of-the-match display.
For City, chasing four different trophies, having a fully fit De Bruyne couldn’t be timed any better.
“To be fair, Saturday was the first time I felt really fresh and much sharper,” said KDB.
“The other games I played recently were alright, but I felt I had an extra gear for the first time this season.
“Obviously, I’m playing more and more and I starting to get into a rhythm so I’m really happy about that.
“I’m just trying to get as fresh as possible and if I’m honest, I didn’t expect to play as long as I did against Burnley, but I did and I came off feeling great, so I trust in the people around me as I haven’t had many injuries in my career and they obviously know a lot more about recovery and a workable schedule for me.”
De Bruyne admits he doesn’t know if he’ll start against Newcastle United on Tuesday evening, but is expecting a difficult game against Rafa Benitez’s side.
The trip to the north east will also give the Blues the chance to close the gap on leaders Liverpool to just one point - with a victory.
Liverpool take on Leicester City 24 hours later, so does De Bruyne believe this is a chance to turn up the pressure on the Reds?
“It will if we win, but it could act as incentive if we don’t!” he smiled.
“It’s going to be a tough game at Newcastle as it always is. There’s always a big crowd and we know how they are going to play, and we’ll try to do our best to leave with three points.”
With City in free-scoring mode and adding 30 to the season tally this month alone, De Bruyne admits he has been impressed with the way the goals have been flying in this campaign.
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“In general, we’re scoring a lot of goals, not only this month,” he said.
“It’s incredible that we’ve got more than 100 goals already, but obviously there have been a few cup ties against lower league opposition, but it’s good for the team that a lot of people are getting their name on the score-sheet.”