Manchester City have been suffered a blow after German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan dealt with a knee injury that manager Pep Guardiola fears will sideline him for several months.
The German midfielder 26, has been an indispensable personal from Pep Guardiola’s midfield this season, piling on 17 appearances in all competitions. And now it is expected that the midfielder will miss six to eight months with the injury as the Manchester City boss expressed his frustration at the news and said it was the “worst news”.
“I’m so sad for Ilkay Gundogan as it looks like we’ll be without him for a long, long time,” Guardiola told a news conference after their 2-0 win over Watford at Etihad stadium.
“He’s sad. So sad. We spoke with him and he said I want to try but when he hangs up and says he cannot follow him we expected it was not good.”
The damage came after the player misshaped his knee following a tackle by Watford player Nordin Amrabat. The Manchester City midfielder who came from Dortmund for £20m this Summer noticeably limped off in tears after the injury. The German was eventually replaced by Fernando following 44 minutes at the Etihad.
SportBILD from German media has claimed Gundogan has cracked his cruciate tendon, which would mean him missing whatever is left of the season. He disjoined his correct knee the previous spring while playing for Dortmund and spent a while recuperating in front of his turn to Manchester City.
Guardiola also confirmed that the Manchester City medical team has suspected it as a ligament damage.
“We will know more tomorrow. It doesn’t look good,” he added.
“We’ll know the extent of the injury when he has been properly assessed by the doctor but I think he may be out for some time.”
Manchester City are currently seven points behind leaders Chelsea and registered their first win in three games and first league victory in five at the Etihad.