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Pep Guardiola handed another major boost as Manchester City summer signing ready to make debut in Champions League tie

It’s been an excellent start to life in England for Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, as he now switches his focus to the Champions League.

The Spanish tactician has won all four of the Premier League games that he’s been in charge of thus far, including a win over Manchester United in the derby on Saturday.

Having successfully guided City through the qualifying round for the Champions League, they make their group-stage bow on Tuesday night when they face Borussia Monchengladbach.

As he looks to sustain the momentum that his side have built early on, Guardiola is now set to welcome Ilkay Gundogan to the mix, with the former Borussia Dortmund ruled out to this point with a dislocated knee.

However, the 25-year-old has now made a full recovery and is ready to make his first appearance for the club with Guardiola expected to name him on his bench for Tuesday’s encounter.

“Ilkay has been doing really well in getting back to match fitness in training and looks good,” a City source told The Sun.

“He has trained well over the weekend and it will have a final check on Tuesday morning, but all being well he’ll make his debut.

“He might just make the bench, but should come on for a few minutes at least. If Pep wants, he could even start.”

It remains to be seen how long Gundogan features for, but it will certainly come as another major boost to have him available for selection as the German international is seen as a key piece in Guardiola’s City side.

Having looked so impressive without him, his quality on the ball and ability to fit into Guardiola’s system will only strengthen the side further, and it will undoubtedly continue to send an ominous warning to their rivals about their ability to win silverware this season.

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