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Manchester City boosted by training ground return of midfield star – Return to bench against Tottenham possible



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Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City coaching staff have been further boosted in the fitness department following the confirmed return of Matheus Nunes to training.

The former Wolverhampton Wanderers playmaker ‘presented muscle complaints’ to the Portuguese medical team after a training session during the most recent international break, subsequently leading to a withdrawal from national team duties.

Matheus Nunes did however return to the City Football Academy at the same time as his Manchester City teammates, posting a reunion selfie with flair forward Jeremy Doku upon his arrival at the Premier League champions’ east Manchester training base.

Speaking during his pre-match press conference ahead of the visit of Ange Postecoglou’s side this weekend, Pep Guardiola offered a minor update on the 25-year-old’s road to match fitness, as he revealed on Friday afternoon, “Matheus (Nunes) is in the last days of recovery.”

Now it can be confirmed that ahead of the Premier League showdown with Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon, Matheus Nunes was photographed returning to the City Football Academy as part of the first-team training session.

Nunes is unlikely to start the contest with Tottenham this weekend, but could return to the substitutes bench and bring Pep Guardiola’s options back to full compliment without the need for two goalkeepers.

Nunes’ returns now means that Kevin De Bruyne remains the only player on the treatment table for Pep Guardiola’s side, with the Belgian hopeful of a return to match action at some stage in the new year.

The Belgium international captain has been ruled out for Manchester City since the summer, after a hamstring injury sustained against Burnley led to surgery to prevent any reoccurrences of the problem also suffered in the UEFA Champions League final.