Ilkay Gundogan made his first Manchester City appearance for eight months in the friendly against Girona in Spain.
The Germany midfielder has recovered from the knee injury he sustained against Watford in December last season and will now hope to push for a place in the squad for the Everton Premier League game next Monday.
He replaced Phil Foden after 71 minutes on the Costa Brava in a key stage in his return to full match fitness.
Gundogan was running into top form before his injury struck last year, having scored two against West Brom and then his memorable double against Barcelona in the Champions League group stage game at the Etihad Stadium.
The 26-year-old recently told mancity.com: "In that time when I got the injury in the Watford game and the time after - my teammates, all the staff, medical department and all the rest - the way they treated me was really, really nice and I appreciate that because for me it was not easy to join when I was injured and then fight my way back, doing well for two or three months, feeling better and better game by game and then to get injured again, and such a long-term injury.
"That was really difficult but I always felt the help of the Club and I just can’t wait to give that all back, hopefully soon."