Long term Manchester United target Ilkay Gundogan has been tipped to return to action for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga game against VFB Stuttgart tomorrow night.
The German midfielder has endured long term injury problems, which have kept him out of the team for 406 days but German daily tabloid Bild has tipped him to return to first team action.
However, Jurgen Klopp has urged caution in relation to the return of the star suggesting that 14 months out can’t be quickly fixed by two weeks of full training with the first team.
“With Ilkay it looks great but we must ensure he gets substance. If you believe someone should be back in the squad after 14 months out with only two weeks training – That must be a squad that really has problems,” Klopp is quoted.
Needless to say that if, or when, Gundogan returns to competitive action, the amount of speculation surrounding his future is going to increase considerably.
Manchester United added well to their team throughout the summer, but there is still a presence missing in the middle of the side and Gundogan has a reputation as an authoritative player.
However, BVB took care of him when they extended his contract to the end of next season when they could have let his deal run down before selling him while he was injured.
In the same way that Marco Reus has been reluctant to suggest he could leave BVB, Gundogan may want to pay back the faith the club has shown in him.