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The Nigerian forward featured in five pre-season games, scoring twice and was heavily tipped to be included in the senior squad following his sparkling form.

It was then confirmed on Wednesday night when he was presented alongside two other academy graduates Jason Denayer and Marcos Lopes to the club’s fans during City’s annual award ceremony that usually precedes the season opener​.

“@Jasondenayer, @Rony10Lopes & @67Kelechi are the three academy graduates promoted to the first team,” the club’s official Twitter handle confirmed.

Iheanacho is expected to play a part in Monday night’s away clash against West Brom at the Hawthorns.

Also at the awards night, Toni Duggan emerged winner  of the Nissan Goal of the Season Award for her stunning strike against Chelsea.

While Sergio Aguero won the Etihad Airways Player of the Season award.​

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