Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Guardiola hopeful over Gundogan injury scare

Guardiola hopeful over Gundogan injury scare

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola remains hopeful that Ilkay Gundogan's knee injury is "not serious" after revealing the physio and doctor suggested the initial signs show the midfielder's latest setback is "not a big issue". The Daily Mail reports that Ilkay is hoping to return in just a week and is targeting the Chelsea fixtures for his comeback.

Manchester City have qualified for the fourth round of the Carabao Cup (English League Cup) following a 2 - 1 win over Tony Pulis' West Brom on Wednesday night.

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Gundogan was forced out of the Carabao Cup win at the Hawthorns, his first start following a nine-month lay-off with a knee injury, prompting fears he had suffered another serious set-back.

But I suffered for Gundogan at that moment, he was on the grass and you can not imagine being eight months out fighting everyday alone with the physio and then to be injured.

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He produced a superb run of around 60 yards that was ended by a sliding challenge from Yacob that left the German in obvious pain in his left knee - the opposite one to that which sidelined him previously. "Unfortunately the [foul] is tough". He will be back soon hopefully.

"We could have scored more goals in the first half as we had enough chances to make the game a bit quieter".

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Yacob was booked for the tackle. I still don't know if that was a good thing. Then it was all about rehab and the long road back to fitness for Gundogan. I didn't see the image. He was on the grass and at that moment you think the wrong situation. 'You can not imagine what it's like for months, every day alone or just with the physio not in the locker room.

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