Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has described the "loneliness" and the feeling of being "useless" during the long months he spent on the sidelines while he nursed a knee ligament injury, watching on as his team-mates continued without him.
Manchester City have confirmed that Ilkay Gundogan is expected to return to training in the next few days.
Leroy Sane's brace against Tony Pulis' side helped City beat West Brom 2-1 in the Carabao Cup.
Gundogan hadn't featured for Manchester City since October 2016, and limped off after a tackle from West Brom's Claudio Yacob.
It was Gundogan's first start following a nine-month recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury, sparking fears he could face another lengthy spell out.
Gundogan then produced a superb turn to trigger a 60-yard run that was halted by Yacob's sliding challenge, which left the German in obvious pain and City opted to take no risks, replacing him immediately with Kyle Walker. He will back soon, hopefully.More news: Mueller's Russian Federation team reportedly seeks White House records on Trump actions
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And it could be even sooner than expected that we see the German worldwide back on the pitch.
"I've been told Yacob got the ball", he said. I still don't know if that was a good thing.
"I suffered for Gundogan, when he was on the grass, in that moment".
"I see them on the training field, when they are in the locker room, when they go up to the meeting before training". You can not imagine what it's like for eight months, every day alone or just with the physio, not in the locker room.
In a statement on their website on Thursday, City diagnosed the problem as a sprain, meaning the 26-year-old could soon be back in action.