FIFA announced that Manchester City has included Kevin De Bruyne in its roster for the 2023 Club World Cup, despite the Belgian player being absent since the start of the season due to an injury. This inclusion is described as an "unexpected inclusion", as his return was not expected until early next year. The tournament will take place in Saudi Arabia from December 12 to 22, and Manchester City, the current Champions League champion, is considered the main favorite. De Bruyne suffered an injury in June during the final of the competition and had a relapse on August 11 in the Premier League.
Manchester City's Strength in the Tournament
The team will begin its participation in the Club World Cup in the semi-finals and will face the winner of the match between León (Mexico) and Urawa Red Diamonds (Japan). Pep Guardiola, the coach of Manchester City, highlighted the importance and prestige of the tournament, pointing out that the team only lacks this trophy to complete its collection of titles. Apart from Manchester City's performance, an incident was mentioned in which the Bolívar goalkeeper used his social networks to apologize to the rival player Guillermo Denis, his teammates, and the fans, after a match played in Cochabamba, with a rematch scheduled for Oruro.
Kevin De Bruyne's Unexpected Return
Kevin De Bruyne, who is still recovering from an injury, was included in Manchester City's roster. De Bruyne suffered a severe muscle injury in the tendon in August, in City's debut game in the English Championship. After a medical evaluation, it was predicted that he would be absent for four months, returning just next week, one before the World Cup semi-final match. De Bruyne had previously stated that he would only return in January.
FIFA Announces Club World Cup Teams
FIFA revealed the rosters of the seven clubs that will participate in the 2023 Club World Cup. The highlight is the presence of De Bruyne among the 23 registered players of Manchester City. The midfielder has not played since August. The other clubs will go almost complete.