Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes Ilkay Gundogan faces “several months” out injured after the midfielder was forced from the field in the win over Watford.

Gundogan had to be walked off the field by medical staff on Wednesday evening just prior to half-time in the match against the Hornets and was replaced by Fernando.

The German – who also missed the opening few weeks of the season due to injury – looked visibly distressed as he left the Etihad Stadium playing area and Guardiola has now indicated Gudogan has suffered ligament damage in his knee.

And the Catalan manager is fearing the worst, with Guardiola expecting the 26-year-old to be absent for a number of months due to the set-back.

Guardiola told BBC Sport following the match: “I’m so sad for Ilkay Gundogan as it looks like we’ll be without him for a long time. I think several months.”

Gundogan has played in ten Premier League matches for City this season, having joined the club in the summer from Borussia Dortmund, but is now set for a significant spell on the sidelines.


Culled from Squawka