Gundogan eyes pre-season return

Ilkay Gundogan is hopeful of linking up with his Manchester City teammates in training when they return for pre-season in the next few weeks.

The former Borussia Dortmund man has been steadily working on his comeback from knee ligament damage he suffered in December.

And while the City squad have been enjoying their holidays, the 26-year-old has been working hard to end his isolation.

He explained: "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."

City play Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur in the pre-season International Champions Cup ahead of a friendly with West Ham United before kicking off their Premier League campaign away to Brighton and Hove Albion on August 12.