Man City get Nathan Ake injury boost with club set for cash benefit from UEFA

Man City get Nathan Ake boost after injury scare on international duty

Nathan Ake returned to training with the Dutch national team to ease Manchester City concerns over an injury.

Ake, who missed the Community Shield with a hamstring picked up on the summer tour to Asia, appeared to suffer another hamstring when the Netherlands played Greece and was substituted at half-time in that match. His coach Ronald Koeman confirmed after the match that they did not want to take any risks with the defender.

Despite De Telegraaf reporting the player still seemed to be in discomfort in training on Friday, the fact that he was back on the grass was seen as a good sign. The 28-year-old is expected to be available to Koeman for their game against Republic of Ireland on Sunday evening.

Pep Guardiola pleaded with his players to return from this fortnight without any injuries and City will hope to be able to count on Ake when they head to West Ham next Saturday.

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Man City get multi-million-pound cash incentive from UEFA funding changes

Manchester City are set to benefit from changes UEFA is making to its prize money.

As part of a shake-up of the Champions League that will see more teams and more matches, UEFA have also made moves to base their funding system on how clubs have performed in continental competitions over a five-year cycle rather than the current period of ten years.

This should reward teams for recent efforts rather than paying out for legacy of accomplishments that are over five years old. Champions League holders City are currently fourth in the list over ten years and comfortably behind Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona yet sit ahead of Bayern at the top of the five-year rankings.