By Emma Sanders

Kevin De Bruyne could recover from injury in time to face Everton this weekend, according to a reliable journalist.

The Manchester City playmaker picked up a hamstring injury in the clash against Swansea on 24 September and was sorely missed in the team’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham before the international break.

Kristof Terreur, a reporter with Belgian paper HLN, claimed on his personal Twitter account on Monday that De Bruyne’s rehabilitation is progressing smoothly.

Everton face City on 15 October at Etihad Stadium and the star could return quicker than expected to feature in the crunch clash against the Toffees.

Terreur reported that De Bruyne is “still in line to be fit” for the trip to Barcelona on Wednesday of next week and “even Everton possible”.

De Bruyne has made eight appearances for City this season, scoring two goals as Pep Guardiola’s side sit at the top the Premier League table.

He’s been one of the club’s most outstanding performers in recent months and his return will be a huge boost for City who have a gruelling European and Premier League fixtures schedule.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman would rather face a City side that is missing one of their outstanding players, given De Bruyne’s ability to create and score goals.

In other Everton news, Enner Valencia has posted an instagram message explaining why he faked his injury.