Manchester City have this evening been dealt a potentially damaging blow on the personnel front, after Ilkay Gundogan was forced off during the club’s meeting with Tottenham.
The marquee fixture of the Premier League weekend is currently playing out at the Etihad.
The clash sees rivalries renewed between two of football’s most high-profile managers, with Pep Guardiola’s Man City playing host to Jose Mourinho’s Spurs.
It was of course the former who headed into proceedings as favourites to bag all 3 points, amid a historic spell of form of late.
15 – Manchester City’s current run of 15 consecutive wins in all competitions is the longest in English football history by a top-flight side. Ruthless. pic.twitter.com/hx7TiE4Ksg
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 10, 2021
And, as things stand, this is precisely what City are headed towards.
The Sky Blues currently lead by 3 goals to nil, courtesy of a first-half Rodri penalty, followed by an Ilkay Gundogan brace shortly after the interval:
Sterling ➡️ Gundogan
Man City are in control now 👏
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 13, 2021
The latter’s latest pair of goals of course come amid a remarkable spell of form on the part of the German midfielder, who has established himself as one of European football’s most clinical finishers since the turn of the year.
As outlined above, however, just when Gundogan appeared to be establishing himself as the kind of player whom City’s fans had so long hoped he would prove to be, the former Borussia Dortmund man has been dealt a blow.
This comes with Gundogan, shortly after netting his 2nd of the evening, having been forced to limp from the field of the play.
The 30-year-old pulled up holding his groin, with tests over the days to come no doubt set to reveal the extent of the damage done.
🚑 | Ilkay Gündogan is forced off with a groin complaint in the 69th minute, replaced by Ferran Torres
— Fantasy Football Scout (@FFScout) February 13, 2021
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