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Guardiola Fears Gundogan Will Be Out For ‘A Long Time’ After Midfielder Limps Off Against Watford

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Pep Guardiola is worried that his star midfielder Ilkay Gundogan will be out of action for a “long time” after the former Borussia Dortmund limped off the pitch during Manchester City’s 2-0 victory over Watford.

Gundogan pulled up a ligament injury after a collision with Watford’s Nordin Amrabat and had to be taken off at the Etihad on Wednesday.

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.”

Man City will now be without Gundogan for Sunday’s high-octane clash at home with Arsenal but Guardiola will now look up to Yaya Toure.

Toure was out of action for a major part this season after a difference of opinion with Guardiola over his agent. But after finding his way back into the squad, the Ivory Coast man has proved his mettle.

Yaya ToureAnd despite facing a charge for drunk driving, Guardiola has full confidence on the former Barcelona man.

Guardiola, 45, said: “Yaya is an exceptional player and if he plays like he did today, we are very happy for him.”

After a 2-0 win over Watford, Guardiola’s Manchester City are now fourth in the league table and seven points behind current league leaders Chelsea.

Anirban Das
Anirban Das's journey to Delhi via Kolkata involves football, music, curiosity (which one day can kill the cat) and food. Following global football opens up an infinite space within him in both the conscious and subconscious self, away from the din and bustle of the madding crowd. Supports Manchester United & Barcelona

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