“Now, with the pandemic and the quarantine it’s a different world. When David wanted to go and be there to support his girlfriend, it’s not even a decision to make. Dean came in [against Crystal Palace] and played well, he’s ready. I’ll give David the time he needs, of course.
“As soon as David travels back we just have to follow the government rules. I expect him to be available very soon, not too far.
“We allowed him to go back as he wants to be there with his girlfriend, we want our players back as soon as possible. But there’s a human being in there and David was there for this fantastic day for him and his girlfriend and his family. I don’t know when he’ll be back, it won’t be long before he comes.
“It was easy when I travelled back from the Euros [in 2000]. Noah was born on a Friday, I played against Spain on the Tuesday, travelling back on the Sunday, the world’s a different place!
“This is the biggest occasion in any parent’s life. Dean did well against Palace and is looking forward to this City game as well, he had that experience this season in the Carabao Cup (semi-final vs City), so that will stand him in good stead.”