Man City set to assess Gundogan's shoulder injury after Spurs defeat
Manchester City will assess the extent of Ilkay Gundogan’s shoulder injury after a collision during Sunday’s defeat by Tottenham as Pep Guardiola’s injury and fitness concerns continue to grow
- Ilkay Gundogan’s injury will be assessed by the club’s doctors on Monday
- Manchester City were without a number of key players against Tottenham
- City lost the game 1-0 after Son Heung-min’s second half winner for Spurs
- Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling linked up well in the early stages of the game
Manchester City will assess the shoulder injury suffered by Ilkay Gundogan during their 1-0 defeat at Tottenham.
The 30-year-old midfielder left the pitch with strapping on his left arm following the loss in north London after a late collision.
City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed after the game that the Germany international would be checked by the club’s doctors on Monday.
Ilkay Gundogan picked up a shoulder injury during Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to Tottenham
City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed Gundogan would be assessed by doctors on Monday
‘It was something in his shoulder,’ Guardiola said. ‘We will see what happens tomorrow (Monday) with the doctor. It looks like something happened.’
City were sluggish in their Premier League opener at Tottenham and were undone by Son Heung-min’s second-half goal, however it was a good time for Spurs to play the champions.
Kevin De Bruyne was only able to feature from the bench after sustaining an ankle injury during Euro 2020 and Kyle Walker, John Stones, Gabriel Jesus and Aymeric Laporte all had a limited amount of time on the training pitch after busy summer’s playing for their countries.
Guardiola added: ‘Kevin played a few minutes but Kevin didn’t do one full session because of his ankle.
Son Heung-min scored the only goal of the game as Spurs beat City 1-0 on Sunday
‘Kyle and John and Ayme came back really really well and Gabriel as well but the guys who have been here since the beginning for us deserve to play.
‘In general they made a good pre-season, they made a good game in the second half but the reality is we concede few, not much but we lost the last games 1-0 and 1-0 so that’s why we have to continue working and day-by-day, the players feel better.’
Raheem Sterling started the game and there were early signs of an promising partnership developing down City’s left with Jack Grealish.
Japhet Tanganga kept Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish (pictured) relatively quiet
The club’s new £100 million record signing started his first game, and the link up between the two of them was encouraging in the early stages until Spurs defender Japhet Tangaga did an excellent job of nullifying the threat the posed.
However, it’s clear there is more to come from the duo and Sterling is excited by the prospect of playing alongside Grealish at club level.
‘I played with Jack a few times,’ he said on the club’s official website. ‘It’s a good partnership but it’s still early days with me and him.
‘We will learn each other’s game more as the season goes on and hopefully build a better partnership for the rest of the campaign.’
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