De Bruyne to return early, Nasri possibly off to West Ham, Sturridge in breach of betting rules

Kevin De Bruyne

It was reported yesterday that Kevin De Bruyne will return from injury earlier than expected. On November 1, he injured his knee ligaments in Manchester City’s Carabao Cup win against Fulham. He was supposed to be out for six weeks, but now it seems he’ll be back earlier than expected, with the trip to Watford on December 4 now the target for a return. That would mean that he would just miss about four and a half weeks of football. If he does return then, he would have missed six games. Man City travel to Chelsea after they play Watford, so a return for the Belgian would be ideal.

Pep Guardiola knows a doctor in Barcelona, and his players go over to him when they suffer a bad injury. What is it he’s doing to always get them back earlier? When I read the comments on the post about De Bruyne being back early, there were a lot of suggestions of doping. Not real suggestions, of course, but animated gifs of people with needles and stuff like that, which was quite funny. It’s good to see that De Bruyne is on the mend, though. Their rivals would like him out for a bit longer, but I’m looking forward to watching him again. He’s an absolute joy to watch when he’s at his best. Let’s hope he’s back soon.

Samir Nasri

Reports over the last week or so said that Samir Nasri is about to sign for West Ham. He’ll reportedly be given a six-month deal, with the option to renew for another year. But I’m not convinced about this in the slightest. The Frenchman is suspended for a doping violation at the moment. I don’t know the full details of that. But this is a player that’s surely way past his best.

Nasri actually only left Man City in 2017, but spent a year on loan with Sevilla before that. Since 2016, he has played 31 games for Sevilla and Antalyaspor, scoring a whopping four goals. I’ve no idea what his performances have been like, but I’m not convinced he’s the man for West Ham. But Manuel Pellegrini likes him, as he managed him at City. And with Andriy Yarmolenko picking up a bad injury, that could see him out for the season, Nasri could fill in.

Reports last night said that the deal could be off, though. He has been banned from football, and supposedly he hasn’t really being looking after himself and West Ham are concerned about his fitness. He would be available to play in January, but he may not be fit enough by then. I’m not convinced it’s a good choice, but we’ll wait and see.

Daniel Sturridge

The FA have announced that Daniel Sturridge has been in breach of betting laws, and has been charged. He says he has never bet on football, but the charge seems to be coming from the time he signed for West Brom on loan. To me, it sounds like he told somebody he was going to sign for West Brom. Then, this person put a bet on him signing for West Brom and won money. Or maybe it was more than one person. I don’t know if that’s the case, but that’s how it sounds.

The ruling states that you can’t have involvement like that, and you’re not allowed pass on inside information. It’s really not that bad though. It’s not as if he was fixing games. A bookie probably lost a few quid because of it, but that’s surely the worst of it. They make enough money anyway; it’s not the end of the world. Maybe they’ve got it wrong and he hasn’t done anything at all, but we’ll see what happens.

Other stuff

There are a couple of other bits. Reports say that Manchester United are in talks with Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia over new contracts. Their current deals expire at the end of this season. Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele has flown to Qatar to see a specialist about his ankle ligament damage.

And that’s about it. This one is a bit longer than I expected. It’s far more than the 500 words I said I’ll be now aiming for in yesterday’s post, which you should read if you come here to read what I have to say. But after being in such a habit of writing so much, I found it difficult to stop.

I’ll leave it there for now, as we’ll be approaching 800 words. I’m not sure if I’ll get one of those articles up this week. That may be next week, but I’ll let you know when I decide. Next Friday could be the beginning of it. Any news doing the rounds during the day will be on Twitter, and I’ll be back tomorrow with more. Have a good Tuesday.

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