Manchester City have been handed a triple injury boost ahead of their clash against Bournemouth and Paris Saint-Germain in the Premier League and Champions League respectively. Kevin De Bruyne, Samir Nasri and Fabian Delph have returned to training following lengthy absences due to their respective injuries.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the midfield trio took part in a first-team training session on Tuesday (30 March). The former two are said to have taken part in the full session, while the latter joined in during the final part, as he is slightly behind in the recovery process compared to De Bruyne and Nasri.
The trio's return will come as a big boost to Manuel Pellegrini, who has seen his team come off the boil in recent weeks. The Etihad Stadium outfit dropped further behind in the title race, and are now also in danger of missing out on a place in the top four with West Ham United and Manchester United just a point behind in fifth and sixth place respectively.
City have won just one of their last six Premier League games, while also struggling to score goals on a consistent basis. They have managed just 11 goals in the last 10 games in all competitions, with four of those coming during the 4-0 win over bottom placed club Aston Villa.
De Bruyne is returning to action two months after suffering ankle and knee ligament damage and his return will be a timely boost and add some much needed creativity and goals to the team. The Belgian midfielder, who was signed from Wolfsburg in the summer, had notched up 12 goals and as many assists before being struck down by injury. Nasri, on the other hand, has been out for over five months following a surgery on his groin, and the Frenchman will give the manager an added option in the attacking department.
Delph also joined from Aston Villa last summer and was enjoying a good spell in the side before suffering an Achilles injury that has seen him sidelined since February. The midfielder is hoping to be fit to play their game against Bournemouth on Saturday (2 April) and also force his way into England manager Roy Hodgson's plans for a place in the squad for Euro 2016 in France later this year.
"It was a bit of a tricky injury, this one. It was an Achilles problem but I'm nearly there now and should start training with the team in the next few days and I'm really excited to be getting back out on the pitch again and I'm hoping to be available for the next game," Delph told City's official site.