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Gundogan ready to step up in absence of De Bruyne

first_imgIlkay Gundogan is ready to step up and help fill the void left by Manchester City talisman Kevin De Bruyne after the Belgian suffered a knee injury on Wednesday that left him on crutches.City confirmed after training on Wednesday that De Bruyne had sustained an injury during the session and that he would be sent for further tests.They refused to specify what they believe the injury to be or how long he will be missing for, but Goal understands De Bruyne could miss between two and three months. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Should such speculation prove accurate, City’s Premier League title defence would suffer an early blow, but Gundogan – who only started half of his 30 top-flight appearances last season – thinks he can shoulder some of the burden of replacing him.”Yeah, I do feel fresh – maybe because the World Cup was also very short for us [Germany], unfortunately,” Gundogan told Omnisport.”But I do feel ready. I was able to play nearly a full season last season after having big injuries. It was tough.”At the end, I look at my stats and I made about 50 games last season. It was a really good run for myself.”So I hope this one will be similar, especially in terms of the way we play and in terms of winning.”The Blues midfielder suffered an injury during training. #mancity https://t.co/kNnAjzw8cs— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 15, 2018Nevertheless, Gundogan is hopeful De Bruyne is able to feature again soon given his importance to their title charge last term.”Actually I didn’t even see what exactly happened because it was at my back,” he added. “Obviously, we are all hoping that it is not too serious because Kevin, especially last season, had a great impact on us.”He’s very important – a key player for us, so we hope he is able to return as quick as possible.”Fellow midfielder Fernandinho believes De Bruyne is not coping too badly with the situation, and he echoed Gundogan’s sentiments about the 27-year-old’s importance.”He’s OK. We don’t know yet what has happened and as soon as the doctor knows we will have the news,” Fernandinho said.”Of course, he has been so important for us last season and I hope he can get well soon to play football again as soon as possible.”Gundogan and Fernandinho were speaking at the world premiere of All or Nothing: Manchester City, available on Amazon Prime Video from Thursday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more