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Ilkay Gundogan suffers serious knee injury, puts Manchester City transfer in jeopardy

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It looks as though Manchester City might be missing out on its biggest transfer target.

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan suffered a dislocated kneecap during training with his team on Friday, and has been ruled out of action indefinitely, which means he's out for the rest of the season and is also out of the Germany squad for this summer's European Championships.

Gundogan is the centerpiece of Pep Guardiola's new team for next season, and a deal was already in place between City, Dortmund and the player, who was set to join at the opening of the transfer window. However, with the injury setback, it is now unclear whether or not the Citizens will continue to pursue the German playmaker, and if Guardiola will be looking somewhere else to find a new midfielder.

This is the second serious physical issue of Gundogan's career. He was injury-free until 2013, when a back issue sidelined him for 13 months. After making his comeback last season, he was also healthy for a long period until this Friday's incident, which could send him on another long road to recovery.

Gundogan is another big City target to suffer a serious injury just months before potentially joining the Citizens. Back in March, Athletic Bilbao phenom Aymeric Laporte, who has reportedly agreed to move to England in the summer, broke his leg while in international duty with France, although he should be healthy in time to be a part of City's preseason.