Thursday 17 August 2017

Ilkay Gundogan hoping to return for Manchester City's pre-season programme

Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan is battling back from a knee injury
Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan is battling back from a knee injury

Ilkay Gundogan hopes to be fit enough to play a part in Manchester City's pre-season programme.

The Germany midfielder saw his first season at City, following a £20million move from Borussia Dortmund last summer, ended prematurely in December by a knee injury.

The 26-year-old has now returned to training, reporting back ahead of the rest of the squad following the summer break, and hopes to be back on a field in the coming weeks.

City have lined up four matches - three in the International Champions Cup in the United States - before beginning their Premier League campaign at Brighton on August 12.

Gundogan told City TV: "It is going well. I am training hard.

"It is not easy to be here on my own, nobody else is here. I started two weeks earlier than the team but I know that it is necessary.

"I still have to do a lot of work until I am back but I am ready and working hard. I am in a good way.

"I am just waiting for the team to come back and maybe I am able to join the first bits of every training session - so warm-up stuff, some passing, some tactical stuff. Then hopefully over the next weeks I will be able to join them for the rest of the training sessions and, of course, the games."

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