Ilkay Gündoğan is hopeful of returning from his latest knee injury in just a week after he limped off in last night’s Carabao Cup win over West Brom at The Hawthorns.
After an exciting box-to-box run, Gündoğan was the victim of a nasty challenge from West Brom’s Claudio Yacob and had to go off following lengthy treatment. There were fears it could lead to another lengthy lay-off for the 26-year-old, but Pep Guardiola played down those suggestions.
“He will be back soon, hopefully. He will be assessed tomorrow. The physios have told me it is little,” Pep said after the game.
And it could be even sooner than expected that we see the German international back on the pitch. The Daily Mail reports that Ilkay is hoping to return in just a week and is targeting the Chelsea fixtures for his comeback.
In an official release, City refused to state a return date, but did confirm that there the Club’s medical staff have found no significant damage to the player’s knee and he is expected back in training in the coming days.
Gündoğan is set to miss the midweek Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk but luckily should be back very soon. He was spotted walking in Manchester city centre today without crutches, appearing to be in a very positive mood.