Manchester City starter suffers injury days before Liverpool clash

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan was substituted during a Champions League tie with Hoffenheim after picking up an injury just days before the Blues face Liverpool in the Premier League.

Last weekend, City beat Brighton to go top of the Premier League before Liverpool were held by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, dropping points for the first time this season and ensuring this weekend’s showdown with City takes on even more importance.

In terms of team news, Kevin De Bruyne has made a return to training after his knee injury back in August but is not expected to feature until after the international break while the Reds will have Virgil van Dijk available despite needing painkillers to play against Chelsea.

In other injury news, Manchester City saw Ilkay Gundogan withdrawn during their group stage win over Hoffenheim on Tuesday evening.

The German limped off in the 68th minute with a hamstring injury and is now a doubt to face Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday afternoon but given City’s incredible depth, seeing Bernardo Silva drafted in will hardly weaken them.

Pep told the media after the game: “Gundogan has a problem with his muscle, I don’t know his injury. We’ll check it tomorrow. [But] Kevin [De Bruyne] has started to train with us, so that’s the first step.”

As we saw at Anfield in the Premier League last season and twice in the Champions League, this Manchester City team is not invincible and although Liverpool’s front three aren’t exactly on fire, nobody is expecting a goalless affair.

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