Gundogan set for swift Manchester City return
- Ilkay Gundogan had his return to the Manchester City starting XI cut short against West Brom but the injury is not as bad as first feared.
Manchester City expect Ilkay Gundogan to return to training "in the coming days" after sustaining a left knee sprain during Wednesday's 2-1 EFL Cup win at West Brom.
The 26-year-old midfielder made his first start for City since suffering a torn right anterior cruciate knee ligament last December.
The Germany international turned in an impressive display but was unable to continue following a 54th-minute challenge from Claudio Yacob that saw West Brom's eventual goalscorer booked.
Fears that Gundogan had suffered another severe setback were quelled by boss Pep Guardiola, who told reporters after watching Leroy Sane complete a match-winning brace that the injury was "not serious".
And City confirmed as much with a statement on their official website on Thursday.
Hi all, thank you for all your messages! I'm happy to tell you my injury is nothing serious and I hope to be back soon on the pitch!???????? #MCFC— Ilkay Gündogan (@IlkayGuendogan) September 21, 2017
"The German midfielder underwent tests this morning after being taken off during the victory at the Hawthorns and the club's medical staff found no significant damage," the statement read.
"The affected knee is different to the one which kept Ilkay out for nine months after his last setback suffered against Watford in December.
"It is too early at this stage to give an exact time frame on his absence but he is expected to be back on the training field in the coming days."
Gundogan was ruled out of Euro 2016 after suffering a dislocated kneecap, while a back complaint prevented him from playing a part in Germany's triumphant 2014 World Cup campaign.
City are joint top of the Premier League alongside rivals Manchester United and host bottom club Crystal Palace on Saturday.Published 21 Sep 2017, 23:08 IST