MANCHESTER City may have hoped that Ilkay Gündogan’s injury worries were soon to be behind him when he signed for the club in a £20 million deal this summer.
However, during Wednesday night’s 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium against Watford, Gündogan went down after a tackle from Nordin Amrabat. After almost ten minutes of trying to continue, he eventually limped off the pitch in tears just before half time.
The German international has played 16 times for City this season already and had scored five goals before his latest injury setback.
He arrived at the club in June whilst recuperating from a dislocated kneecap, an injury which he suffered in training in May whilst playing for Borussia Dortmund.
He had missed all of Euro 2016 and the start of the Premier League campaign with the injury, and was forced to wait until September to make his City debut.
Gündogan has already been injured for a total time of 741 days, or just over two full years, missing 134 games in the progress — despite the fact he has recently only turned 26.
Speaking after the game last night, City boss Pep Guardiola said: “I’m so sad for Ilkay Gundogan as it looks like we’ll be without him for a long time — we will know more tomorrow, it doesn’t look good.
“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.”
Goals from Pablo Zabaleta and David Silva gave the Sky Blues their first Premier League home win in three months, as they avoided their third-straight league defeat.
There have been some questions asked of new boss Guardiola recently, and an assured performance from the home side will only help ease criticism.
Below is a timeline of all the injuries he has suffered, as well as some of his key career moments to date: