Gundogan steps up recovery by training with LA Galaxy

Following a long and taxing season with both club and country, many of the world's top footballers have taken up the opportunity to get away and soak up the sun.

Following a long and taxing season with both club and country, many of the world's top footballers have taken up the opportunity to get away and soak up the sun.

For some of Europe's stars, their summer holidays will be slightly less enjoyable as they look to be build up their fitness for the beginning of the new campaign following long spells out and that is the case for Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan.

The German midfielder took to Instagram to let his huge following know that he is stepping up his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury suffered back in December by training at LA Galaxy's base.

Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is building up his fitness levels by training at La Galaxy's base

Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is building up his fitness levels by training at La Galaxy's base

Loris Karius has clearly had enough of football as he spent some time on holiday playing tennis

Loris Karius has clearly had enough of football as he spent some time on holiday playing tennis

Liverpool's Divok Origi has been quick to jet away to the Bahamas and soak up the sun

Liverpool's Divok Origi has been quick to jet away to the Bahamas and soak up the sun

Gundogan wrote on his social media page: 'Practicing and getting fit for the upcoming season on LA Galaxy's training grounds! Thanks for having me LA Galaxy!'

Meanwhile, Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, who is in Miami, has swapped football for tennis after posing for a photo in a vest while holding a racket in his hands.

Karius' team-mate Divock Origi has opted for a more relaxed approach to his holiday after flying away to the Bahamas to take in the sun and unwind on the beaches.

Furthermore, former Manchester United left back Patrice Evra has been keeping up his amusing social media presence by chilling out with a falcon called Griffin in a desert.

Former Manchester United star Patrice Evra has been hanging out with a falcon in the desert

Former Manchester United star Patrice Evra has been hanging out with a falcon in the desert

Artur Boruc has been spending his downtime after the end of the season with his wife in Ibiza

Artur Boruc has been spending his downtime after the end of the season with his wife in Ibiza

The French defender posted a video on Instagram in which he can be heard asking the bird: 'How are you Griffin? Do you love this game?' before saying 'Griffin, you have to look at me when I'm talking to you!'

Anyway enough of the craziness and lets move onto the happy couple theme. 

Bournemouth shot-stopper Artur Boruc is currently enjoying some much-needed downtime with his wife Sara Boruc Mannei in Ibiza after she posted a social media photo of the pair cuddling in a swimming pool.

Meanwhile, Wednesday was of huge importance to West Ham centre back James Collins as he celebrated being married to his wife, Samantha Collins, for nine years. 

James Collins celebrated being nine years married with his wife Samantha on Wednesday

James Collins celebrated being nine years married with his wife Samantha on Wednesday

She posted a sweet message on Instagram: 'Nine years married with this one. Happy Anniversary, love you untold amounts and I'll only keep loving you more.'

Finally, for Troy Deeney and Adebayo Akinfenwa, football is just too important to forget about it seems.

The two strikers have been catching up with each other in the streets of Miami, with Akinfenwa writing on Instagram: 'I've got the upmost respect for him. P.S. this pic has got me thinking, I think this partnership would bully a few defenders.' 

Troy Deeney and fellow striker Adebayo Akinfenwa have been hanging out in Miami together

Troy Deeney and fellow striker Adebayo Akinfenwa have been hanging out in Miami together