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Pep Guardiola Updates Status of Ilkay Gundogan’s Injury

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Will he play in Sunday’s final vs Everton?

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Manchester City’s German midfielder, Ilkay Gundogan opened the game vs Brighton with a goal via header in the 2nd minute and has been the team’s leading scorer this season.

Later, in the 56th minute he was substituted for City’s captain Fernandinho after receiving a massive tackle from the Brighton player Alireza Jahanbakhsh that only prompted him a yellow card. It was one amongst several questionable referring decisions.

With the final Premier League game on Sunday vs Everton and 10 days before the Champions League Final, concerns about the injury arise.

However, Pep Guardiola remains optimistic providing us an update after the game.

“Tomorrow we are going to check it, the doctor is quite optimistic, I didn’t want to take a risk, that’s why we did the substitution.”

“He was injured a little bit. It was a kick. He started the second half and had niggles in his muscle because he couldn’t run properly,” Pep Guardiola told BT Sport.

Despite Gundogan and Foden’s impressive goals, City still weren’t able to keep the lead playing with just ten men after Joao Cancelo was shown a red card in the first ten minutes of the game.

Ilkay Gundogan will have about a week and half to recover if he does not play on Sunday.

He has been a massive contributor to the Cityzens this season, scoring thirteen goals and two assists in Premier League and three goals in the Champions League. Gundogan scored vs Porto and Marseille in the group stages as well as a goal vs Borussia Monchengladbach in the knockout rounds.

It’s safe to say his absence would be hugely missed.