It is their London rivals Arsenal that have the claim to be the club where assists are worth their weight in goals. When Henrikh Mkhitaryan notched a trio of assists on his Arsenal debut he became the 10th Gunners player in the Premier League era to mark the milestone.
More good news followed on Sunday as a groin operation on their top-scorer Robert Lewandowski went well and the Poland hot-shot is expected back for their winter training camp in Doha from January 4-10.
Kyrgios, often a controversial figure in the sport, called for an exhibition tournament before the Australian Open Grand Slam, after blazes that have claimed 18 lives and forced mass evacuations.
The 21-year-old is behind De Bruyne on the list, he has eight to the Belgian's 12, but added another two against Leicester City on Boxing Day to end the year in fine form.
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Nishikori's absence follows Britain's Andy Murray also pulling out of both tournaments over the weekend with a pelvic injury.
"We just wanted to play well," Jame said. "We just try to play the right way, sharing the ball on offence. Win, lose, or draw we did that tonight."
But the latest announcement means the former world No.1 will not play again until February at the earliest, with his first tournament scheduled to be the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.
Matches held up by wildlife and underwear protests, chickens in danger in Croatian football and offside armpits.
It comes six weeks after the revamped Davis Cup, which also has countries playing each other in a round-robin format, was held in Madrid.
"Although we will miss him in January, we wish him all the very best for his recovery and look forward to seeing him back on court very soon."
Paul Pogba has been hailed as the "best midfielder in the world" by Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the Frenchman returned from a long injury layoff.
Six different players scored as Ajax hit six in 38 minutes either side of half time. They let up after the 63rd minute even though the visitors played the last 10 minutes with 10 men.