Fernandinho is back up and running.
The veteran midfielder, who turned 33 this year, has enjoyed an extended break over the summer having helped Brazil claim their ninth Copa America title.
He missed City’s Community Shield win over Liverpool at the weekend, which is a frightening testament to just how good Pep Guardiola’s side are.
However, with the start of the new campaign fast approaching, and student Rodri eagerly awaiting his first lesson from the master tactician, Fernandinho has put down his flip flops, waved goodbye to the sun, packed his jumpers and returned to Manchester.
Ohhhh, we’ve missed you @fernandinho ?
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 5, 2019
It’s not yet clear where the Brazilian will operate in City’s lineup or how prominently he will feature.
Rodri seems like the new obvious choice for the defensive midfield spot as he prepares for his long-term future at the club, while he could play a sporadic role at centre-back following Vincent Kompany’s departure.
Wherever he plays, however, he’ll inject a healthy dose of experience and quality to proceedings.