Manchester City have confirmed the injury of their midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, and it does not sound like good news for the club and their fans.
Gundogan featured in City’s 2-0 victory over Watford which took place midweek, before picking up an injury which has now been confirmed as a curate knees ligament injury.
The German midfielder had a slow start to his Manchester City career, but he recently turned into an integral part of their lineup. Hence, this blow might take him back to the line a little, and make his stay in England that much tougher.
When asked about his injury and the impact of it, Guardiola said: “It’s so so difficult for him, it’s sad for him, we’re going to miss him a lot, it’s unlucky, but that’s football.
“Now we need him to feel we are there and wait and come back safe. He’s going to be operated (upon) and be back as soon as possible.”
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Ilkay Gundogan was Pep Guardiola’s first signing as a Manchester City manager, which made it quite clear how badly the Ex-Barcelona boss wanted him.
The German international left Dortmund in June 2016 to move to the Etihad, and since then, has made 16 appearances for the Blues. He has managed to net in five goals, and in the process, become a popular figure in the squad.
Gundogan has scored braces against West Brom, and famously Barcelona, having also found the back of the net in the 4-0 thumping of AFC Bournemouth. Adding to his impressive stats, the midfielder has created 24 chances, and holds a pass conversion rate of 91%.
With City ready to welcome Arsenal to the Etihad on Sunday in huge battle of 3rd vs 4th, Gundogan’s absence might heavily be felt, with fellow midfielder Fernandinho also unavailable due to a ban following his actions against Chelsea.
Guardiola will have to be at his tactical best, and go deep into his squad’s resources in order to pull off a victory against Arsenal.
Gundogan will now be assessed further to discover the exact extent of his injury.