While he was beginning to find his match fitness, the Belgian then caught Coronavirus towards the end of November, which ruled him out of City’s victories against Everton, West Ham, and Aston Villa.
However, he sent an ominous message to the rest of the division by hammering home a sensational brace in the 7-0 demolition of Leeds United, including a ferocious thunderbolt from 25-yards.
While he did not get in and amongst the goal contributions in City’s 4-0 away victory against Newcastle, he did manage to last a full 90 minutes for the second consecutive match for the first time this season.
Considering the good patch of form he currently finds himself in, De Bruyne will likely be involved in City’s Boxing Day contest against Leicester City.
And Alexander-Arnold may well find time to watch the midfield maestro in action, as Liverpool’s home match against Leeds United was postponed amid a high number of Coronavirus cases in both camps.