Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne insists he”wasn’t tired” by the close of the year, despite concerns in boss Pep Guardiola.
The 27, has started only twice for its Premier League champions this season after enduring 2 knee injuries that were significant.
Guardiola said a week that the player had started the growing summer season”tired” after the World Cup in Russia.
However, De Bruyne says he”sensed okay” to come back following the summer.
Guardiola felt De Bruyne then playing with a fundamental role in Belgium’s third-place finish at the World Cup and making 52 looks in 12 months in every competitions for City, had taken its toll.
“It was tough for him so when he returned I had the impression he was a little bit tired.”
However, De Bruyne responded against Leicester on Tuesday.
“I wasn’t tired,” he explained. “I experienced a break of roughly three weeks after 12 months of playing. Probably, yes, however I sensed okay to come straight back.
“I played with the most of anybody last year – in the whole world – and that I played with the World Cup without a problem. I think the main thing is having a summer break, even if you’ve got that you can feel okay.”
De Bruyne knee accident occurred during the EFL Cup tie against Fulham November, just after his return from a problem.
“There’s obviously a period in some one’s career where you’re feeling somewhat less but that I felt right. It was just a pity that when I returned after a week that I was then out for two and a half “
“I was really happy to return and worked extremely hard but later three matches it happened again.”