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Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne eyes mid-November return

Kevin De Bruyne during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on August 12, 2018

Injured Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne expects to be fit for the derby against United on November 11.

The 27-year-old enjoyed a superb campaign for title-winning City last season but has been out since August after suffering a knee injury in training.

However, speaking at the launch of FIFA 19 on Thursday, De Bruyne said he has the derby date in his sights - and could even be back sooner.

"I still need three, four, five weeks, but I'm getting there," said De Bruyne.

Kevin De Bruyne celebrates after his cross is deflected into the net by West Ham's Declan Rice (not pictured) for Manchester City's second goal of the game at the London Stadium
Image: When fit, De Bruyne is a key member of City's star studded line up

"Hopefully I can be back soon, help the team, and perform well.

"I'm hoping to be back after the next international break. I think I will be back for the derby."

The next international break follows Manchester City's trip to Liverpool on October 7.

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City then have games against Burnley, Tottenham, Southampton - plus two against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League - before they take on neighbours United.

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