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14th Oct, 2016 | 10:08am

Everton blow as Manchester City ace set for return ahead of clash - report

By Dominic Toner

Kevin De Bruyne could make his return against Everton on Saturday, according to a report.

The Toffees face an away trip to Manchester City in the Premier League and could line up against one of the most dangerous players in the division.

De Bruyne, 25, picked up a hamstring injury against Swansea last month and was expected to be out for a month.

The Express claim that the Belgian international has returned to training and could feature against Everton in the league.

The report details that manager Pep Guardiola may be cautious about his star man, with a huge Champions League clash against Barcelona on Wednesday.

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De Bruyne has made a strong impact at the beginning of the season, directly contributing to eight goals in just nine appearances.

The attacking midfielder missed two games through injury, in which his side drew to Celtic and slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham.

City have won all nine of the games that De Bruyne has played this season and Everton will be fearful of his return.

Ronald Koeman takes his side to face the league leaders and will hope Everton can continue their impressive start.

The Merseyside club are currently fifth-placed in the table and just four points adrift of leaders City.

Defensive midfielder Idrissa Gueye may be tasked with guarding De Bruyne if he plays, with the Senegalese international slotting in perfectly at Everton since his summer arrival from Aston Villa.

De Bruyne has made just 50 appearances since moving to the Etihad, but has already scored 18 goals and supplied 20 assists.

In other Everton news, a fan favourite has revealed his heartache after leaving Goodison Park.