Kelechi Iheanacho could make his senior Manchester City debut on Sunday, the Manchester Evening News claims.
The Flying Eagles star was expected to join up with his international team-mates for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand earlier this month, but will now not do so until after the English Premier League gave against Southampton.
Manuel Pellegrini rates the forward highly and an end-of-season game with nothing resting on it for the hosts would be a perfect opportunity to give him some minutes.
A first competitive appearance for the Blues would cap an eventful year for Iheanacho.
The 18-year-old first caught the eye on City’s 2014 summer tour. A few appearances in the US for the Blues was enough for Pellegrini to call him “a very important player for us in the future”.
“It depends on the way he takes this profession,” he added.
Iheanacho has been in fine form for the City Elite Development Squad, emerging as their star player. He bagged a goal and two assists on Tuesday night when the City U-21s defeated Southampton 4-0.