Manchester City are ready for a defensive boost with a forgotten man back in the race – .

Manchester City are ready for a defensive boost with a forgotten man back in the race – .

Philippe Sandler will be hoping his injury issues are behind him as his comeback from a long-term pair of injuries continues at a steady pace.
The 24-year-old has only made two appearances for Pep Guardiola’s first team since joining the club in 2018, making his debut as a defensive midfielder on the bench in a 7-0 win at the FA Cup third round against Rotherham United in January 2019 and playing the full 90 minutes. center-back in the Coupe de la Ligue semi-final second leg later this month.

Sandler was loaned to Anderlecht from Vincent Kompany that summer but only made nine appearances before suffering a knee injury which required surgery.

His return was hampered by an unrelated ankle injury, but Sandler returned to action for City’s academy late last season and will now look to impress Guardiola in the squad’s training. first before the new campaign.

Under-23 coach Enzo Maresca said after Sandler played in the youth team’s 1-0 win over Manchester United in April: “He’s pretty good now in terms of physique and injury.

“He’s just spending a few minutes with us and by the time he’s ready he will be, I think, with the first team. “

And Sandler has now posted a photo of himself back on the grass as he prepares to try to get ahead of Nathan Ake, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte and John Stones, and for a spot in the Man City backline.

Sandler’s unsubtitled post drew encouraging responses from compatriots Justin Kluivert, Brian Brobbey and Ouasim Bouy.

City’s season kicks off with Community Shield clash against FA Cup-winning Leicester City on Saturday 7 August.

Their Premier League trophy defense begins the following Sunday with the trip to Tottenham Hotspur before newly promoted Norwich City heads to the Etihad Stadium on August 21.

City won the title last season despite a poor start, finishing with a 12-point lead over second-placed United.


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