MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City and Adlene Guedioura of Watford compete for the ball during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Watford at Etihad Stadium on December 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The midfielder has come back to action for Manchester City, but will not rush his return.

İlkay Gündoğan is hopeful that he will be ready at 100 % after the international break in September. The midfielder scored 5 goals in 16 appearances for Guardiola’s side last season before picking up a knee injury in December against Watford, which put an end to his campaign.

The 26-year-old made his first appearances ever since in one of Manchester City’s pre-season friendlies, but admitted he is in no rush to make a return to competitive football.

“I’m in a good way. I still know that it’s a long way to go but I was out for eight months,” Gündoğan told City TV

“There is no reason to rush now. When I feel good, when I feel ready, when I feel safe I’m ready to play and I’m ready to try.

“That’s the target for the next weeks. There’s an international break in the next two weeks so there’s plenty of time to use that for training, maybe another one or two games if it’s possible.

“Then, hopefully, after that break I will be ready to join the team fully. When the manager and my team-mates need me, I want to be there.”