Pep Guardiola has shared the latest on Ilkay Gundogan’s injury and it could be a huge blow for Manchester City if it keeps him out of upcoming fixtures.
The German midfielder was on the end of a heavy challenge in the final moments of City’s 1-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon, seemingly injuring his arm in the process.
Following the game, Guardiola shared the latest on the former Borussia Dortmund man, saying:
“It was something in his shoulder. We will see what happens tomorrow with the doctor. it looks like something happened.”
The 30-year-old is one of few first-choice Man City players to enjoy essentially a full pre-season at the club, following Germany’s early exit from the European Championships this summer, and Guardiola would have been hoping to keep him fit for what is a very tough opening couple of months for the Citizens.
Guardiola’s side face Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester City in September before a trip to Anfield in early October, and could well find themselves playing catch up in the title race if they struggle in those fixtures.
Given that Kevin De Bruyne is also suffering with injury problems, not having Gundogan fully fit and available could be a huge blow to the Spanish manager, as he was one of the key performers last season as City ran away with the title.
In 28 top-flight appearances, the midfielder would contribute an impressive 13 goals and two assists, averaging a superb 7.29 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
Guardiola is a huge fan of the midfielder, singing his praises in 2019, saying:
“He can play in many roles. When he plays close to the box, he’s a guy who scores goals and has personality.
“I didn’t expect after one year, two years he would be so consistent as a holding midfielder, defending that position. He’s an exceptional player, honestly. He’s one of Europe’s best players, in fact.”
Therefore, it would be a huge blow if this shoulder injury were to keep him out for an extended period, especially considering the timing and City’s difficult opening run of games.
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