The season is over for Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.
The club announced on Friday that the German star sustained a cruciate ligament tear in his right knee, which will most likely cause him to miss 6-8 months and effectively ends his participation in the 2016/17 campaign.
Gundogan suffered the injury during the first half of City's 2-0 Premier League win over Watford on Wednesday, on a challenge by Hornets midfielder Nordin Amrabat. Gundogan tried to continue, but eventually left the pitch and will not return until next summer.
City manager Pep Guardiola commented on the injury during Friday's press conference:
"It's so so difficult for him, it's sad for him, we're going to miss him a lot, it's unlucky, but that's football. Now we need him to feel we are there and wait and come back safe. He’s going to be operated (upon) and be back as soon as possible.”
Gundogan has been fantastic since joining the Citizens last summer, scoring five goals in 16 appearances for the Sky Blues.
Get well soon, Gundo. We love you. You'll be back stronger than ever next season.