Man City’s title plans have been dealt a major blow with the news that Ilkay Gundogan is expected to miss the entire season with injury.
The midfielder limped off during City’s 2-0 win against Watford last night.
City’s worst fears have been realised with the midfielder set to miss the next six to eight months due to ACL ligament damage, according to The Sun.
Gundogan, who’s been capped 20 times by Germany, has already had a stagnated career with a back injury ruling him out for a year while at Borussia Dortmund.
He arrived at City injured following a dislocated kneecap and the worry will be that it is the same knee that’s given way this time around.
Pep Guardiola was downbeat at the news, saying: “I am so, so sad.
“We will have to go without him for a long time. This is the worst news of the day.”
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The 26-year-old had been having a productive season, scoring five goals in 16 European and domestic games.
Now City will have to bridge the seven point deficit between them and Chelsea without his services.