There is finally some light at the end of the tunnel for Manchester City's German midfielder who has been out injured since last December.
The City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed that Ilkay Gundogan, was close to making his eagerly-comeback, with the friendly fixture at Girona on August 15 being earmarked as a potential date for his return to first-team action.
"I think he's close to coming back," he said. "Maybe he'll get minutes in Girona. I don't know, we're going to ask the doctor because, of course, he was injured for a long time.
"We don't want to take any risks. He has to be strong but, of course, his quality is perfect for the way we want to play.
"He's a guy who plays in the middle and can be a holding midfielder or play in front. In those terms, we're so happy."