Pep Guardiola provides major fitness update on Man City defender ahead of Man United clash

Manchester City defender Nathan Ake will return to first team training after the game against Wolves on Tuesday night, as revealed by Pep Guardiola during Monday afternoon's press conference ahead of the game.
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Manchester City defender Nathan Ake will return to first team training after the game against Wolves on Tuesday night, as revealed by Pep Guardiola during Monday afternoon's press conference ahead of the game.

The Dutch international has got off to a torrid start at the Etihad Stadium since making the move from Bournemouth early on in the summer transfer window, spending most of his first season with the Blues sidelined through muscular injuries.

While Ake was signed in the summer in the hopes of adding to the defensive depth Guardiola's side desperately needed, it is hard to see a way back into the first team for the 26 year-old with John Stones and Ruben Dias essentially cementing themselves as automatic starters.

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However, with the Premier League leaders still fighting on all four fronts this campaign, the Dutchman could still play a crucial role in squad rotation when he becomes fully fit again.

Pep Guardiola had this to say on the subject in his pre-match presser:

“He struggled to make a good recovery. The process was lower than expected. Some players are like this. He did everything. The physios worked hard. We're happy he's coming back the day after the [Wolves] game. The next day we train together he'll be with us.”

With the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup both coming down to the final stretch of fixtures, Nathan Ake will be chomping at the bit to work himself back into the team.

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