Pep Guardiola reveals Ilkay Gundogan ‘should be READY’ for Arsenal clash on Sunday… after German star missed Manchester City’s victory at Everton on Wednesday with groin injury
Pep Guardiola insists in-form midfielder Ilkay Gundogan should be fit for Manchester City’s game at Arsenal on Sunday after the midfielder missed their win at Everton.
Gundogan, who has scored four goals in his last two league games against Tottenham and Liverpool, missed the 3-1 win at Goodison Park on Wednesday night with a slight groin injury.
City boss Guardiola revealed that the German’s absence from Wednesday’s matchday squad was precautionary and he looks set to return at the Emirates Stadium this weekend.
Pep Guardiola said Ilkay Gundogan should be fit for Manchester City’s game against Arsenal
‘He [Gundogan] is much, much better,’ Guardiola told the City club website after Wednesday’s win, their 17th straight victory in all competitions.
‘It is not a big issue, but to avoid risk today, we have given him a few more days to recover.
‘But for Arsenal and Borussia Monchengladbach he should be ready.
‘Of course Gundo is exceptional. We spoke about that. If you want to win titles and finals we need the whole squad.’
City face Borussia Monchengladbach next Wednesday in their Champions League last-16 tie and will be boosted by the news of Gundogan’s fitness.
Kevin De Bruyne also made his long-awaited return from injury for City on Wednesday night
Playmaker Kevin De Bruyne also made his long-awaited return from injury on Wednesday night, as an 80th-minute substitute for Raheem Sterling.
The 30-year-old is the most in-form player in the Premier League, having scored 11 goals in his last 12 league games.
City stretched their lead at the top of the table to 10 points as goals from Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva secured all three points against the Toffees.