Saturday 18 November 2017

Young Irish star invited to train with Pep Guardiola and Man City first team

Tyreke Wilson behind Pep Guardiola at training (left), and in action for Man City U18 (right)
Tyreke Wilson behind Pep Guardiola at training (left), and in action for Man City U18 (right)

John Fallon

Manchester City’s Irish youngster Tyreke Wilson had the perfect return from injury by being invited to train with Pep Guardiola’s first-team.

The former Cherry Orchard left-back was a regular in the youth team managed by former Ireland international Lee Carsley until he suffered a foot problem within weeks of the season kicking off.

He returned to the squad for last week’s victory over Newcastle United and will be battling for spot in the team for the FA Youth quarter-final tie against Aston Villa on February 25.

He’ll have the experience of training alongside City's galaxy of stars, including David Silva and Gabriel Jesus, having stepped up on Tuesday at the request of Guardiola.

Wilson, who has been named in Ireland’s U-19 next squad for next week’s friendly games in La Manga, has spoken of his delight at getting back on the pitch.

“Having a hard few months out with my injury was mentally tough but getting back now is just the best feeling,” he told the club’s official website.

“I’m flying. I’ll need to build up to playing 90 minutes again but I’m looking forward to that so much.

“I’ve done a lot of running on my own, which was the toughest part to keep motivated through, but I had to look at the bigger picture. Now that I’m back working with squad every week I can see how much it helped me.”

“I’ve underwent some individual stuff with the analysts and added quite a lot of tactical knowledge to my game. It’s helped me to grow off the pitch but now I’m ready to show that through my game and playing in my position.

“I felt really comfortable when I came on against Newcastle last week. I had a lot of the ball and didn’t have much to defensively but I felt good with the ball at my feet and that’s the first step.”

Wilson, whose father Karl played for Coventry City, is the only Irish player at City these days after both Jack Byrne and Ian Lawlor departed on permanent deals during the January transfer window.

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