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Training: Zinchenko returns to action

Oleks Zinchenko was back at the CFA following a prolonged summer break as City ramp up preparations for Saturday’s pre-season friendly with Barnsley.

The Ukrainian international enjoyed an extended rest period courtesy of his heroics with his national team at Euro 2020.

Despite coming unstuck against England in the quarter-finals, Zinchenko and co. embarked on Ukraine’s most successful European Championship campaign, including earning a first ever knockout stage win when they beat Sweden.

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The 24-year-old became a key cog in Pep Guardiola’s well-oiled machine across the 2020-21 campaign, and returns to action with a spring in his step.

While his focus on the session clearly showed Oleks is keen to hit the ground running, he also looked delighted to be back with his teammates ahead of the new season.

The likes of Joao Cancelo and Riyad Mahrez, fresh off the back of his sumptuous free-kick against Preston, were also pictured during training, as they continue to sharpen up ahead of Barnsley’s visit to the Academy Stadium on Saturday 31 July.

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Get in the pre-match mood by checking out the best images from today’s session below…

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