Roque Santa Cruz is pleased to be building his fitness and looking forward to the next couple of weeks after playing for Manchester City against Limerick on Sunday night.
The Paraguayan striker had previously only featured for the Elite Development Squad in pre-season but he came through 73 minutes in Ireland.
Edin Dzeko also started up front and scored twice in a 4-0 victory, and Santa Cruz felt there were plenty of positives to take from the night's work.
"There are a couple of players who haven't played so much this pre-season so it was good to have a game and build up some match fitness," Santa Cruz told the club's official website.
"I'm really pleased for Edin to come back in and get a couple of goals after his injury, it's really good for his confidence looking ahead to the new season."
Santa Cruz has not played for City in a competitive match since 2010, having spent last season on loan at Real Betis in Spain.
He has been linked with a move away from the club again this summer but the 30-year-old is just staying focused for the moment on getting himself ready for action.
"For me, it was great to play for 70 minutes - I had a good, long season last year and I'm just coming back from holiday and feeling good, looking forward to what is coming in the next two weeks," he said.
Manchester City take on Chelsea in the Community Shield on Sunday before beginning the defence of their Premier League title the following week against Southampton.