2 Kevin De Bruyne trained ahead of Manchester City’s Champions League group game against Hoffenheim.The 27-year-old has not played for the club since a 2-0 win against Arsenal on 12 August and the Belgian had been expected to miss three months of the season.Shortly after news of the playmaker suffering a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) lesion in his right knee, manager Pep Guardiola said De Bruyne would be a ‘big miss’.But ahead of the 2-0 win against Brighton, he said: “[De Bruyne] is making the last steps. He’ll start taking a small part in training in the next days I think. Everything is going well.”And on Monday morning, he was pictured training with the first team and tweeted: “Back in training!” De Bruyne, at the back, trained with the Man City first team, having not played since 12 August. Sergio Aguero, seen with Phil Foden, also trained despite suffering with a foot injury He’s back!!!A return to training for @DeBruyneKev! 🙌#MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/iLOQOBwxn8— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 1, 2018 2 Having been beaten by Lyon at home, City travel to Germany, which you can hear live on talkSPORT, in an attempt to get their European campaign back on track.Sergio Aguero, who also trained, has been suffering with a foot injury.“He is not 100 per cent,” Guardiola said. “He has not recovered from what happened against Newcastle and we spoke about playing 60 minutes and we were lucky he scored at the right moment.“It is a problem but he needs time. Now we have two games left before the international break and hopefully he can do those two and then make a final recovery.”
As expected, Gov. Chris Gregoire announced Friday that she is calling the 2011 Legislature into special session.But far from chastising legislators for failing to pass a budget on time, she praised them for working hard and remaining focused on the largest budget deficit in recent history.“This Legislature has come together in the toughest of times and done significant work in this session on behalf of Washington,” Gregoire said at a televised press conference. “But there is more work to be done. Starting Tuesday, the Legislature will continue to work together to chart a new course and to transform Washington’s government. And I pledge to help them finish the job.”Legislators left early for a three-day Easter weekend after sending a 2011-13 transportation budget to the governor. They’re ending the regular session without reaching deals on the operating budget or the construction budget. The regular session was scheduled to adjourn Sunday. Under state law, lawmakers can meet for up to 30 days in special session once they reconvene, though Gregoire said she hopes the session will be much shorter. With House and Senate leaders from both parties at her side, the governor said lawmakers have agreed to keep the special session focused on the budget and the many bills required to implement it. She also urged quick action on such cost-saving issues as workers compensation reform.