ACADEMY defender George Swan marked his come-back from injury by helping Manchester City U18s to a 2-1 victory over Al Ain in the international junior championship played in the United Arab Emirates.
The 17 year-old from Normanton is part of the young Citizens squad that has travelled to the Middle East to take on sides from Inter Milan, Valencia, Al Ain and UAE.
And Swan, son of ex-Leeds United player Peter, made his first start of the year in City colours to secure a victory that puts his team within one point of winning the tournament.
Having already defeated UAE and Valencia, City saw-off domestic giants Al Ain yesterday, Tuesday, to move into pole position with only Thursday’s mouth-watering clash against Inter left to play.
Former Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League winners Al Ain proved to be difficult opponents at the Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium and all the goals came in an action-packed first half.
Striker Jordi Mayifuila put the tourists ahead on nine minutes, only for Al Ain to level through Yusuf Ahmed seven minutes later.
Greg Leigh restored City’s lead midway through the first-half and his goal proved to be the winner as Swan and the rest of the visiting defence held firm to secure victory.
It was the perfect return for Swan who has was sidelined by a lateral knee ligament injury late last year.
The Normanton teenager came off the bench in the academy’s 2-0 FA Premier Academy League win at Barnsley in March but he will now be hoping to consolidate his starting place for City’s decisive clash with Inter.
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