​Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has expressed his hope that he is finally past his injury problems and is looking to make his first start in nine months for the club when they take on West Bromwich Albion in the League Cup.

The German endured a serious knee injury midway through last season and only made his return this weekend, coming on as a substitute during the 6-0 win over Watford and now, he has claimed that it will take time for him to reach his previous levels.

According to ​ESPN, the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder said, "If I said I am the same player as I was a year ago, I would be lying. I mean, through the injury, you don't feel the same. You don't feel as though you are the most powerful guy in the world, not that I ever did."

"Of course, I had two injuries on my knee and I know what to do to prepare myself for the games and to warm my knee up and be generally fit. I will do everything to be as fit as possible. That could be it for all the injuries! I think I am done, now! I am ready to continue playing, to keep fit. To enjoy playing."

"As a footballer, you want to play as much as possible, to be honest. Wednesday would be a good opportunity to do it but the manager will decide. If he thinks I am ready, I am ready. I am there. I am waiting for him to say," the 26-year-old added.

The Germany international has suffered from many injury problems in the past, missing the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 UEFA Euro through injury and now, he will hope that his troubles are behind him and will be looking to carve out a regular starting spot in Manchester City's lineup.