Another injury to Ilkay Gundogan has cast a massive dampener on Manchester City’s win over Watford.
Pep Guardiola could barely afford to celebrate the 2-0 victory at the Etihad after having to take the German international off just before half-time.
Guardiola confirmed after the game that the midfielder has suffered knee ligament damage, not long after making his return from another serious injury.
“I’m so so sad with what happened with Gundogan,” the City boss said, per Sky Sports.
“We are going to miss him for a long time. I think several months. It is the worst news from the day.
“We will know the exact diagnosis tomorrow (Thursday) but it does not look good.”
It means that City will be without both Gundogan and Fernandinho for this weekend’s game against Arsenal. The latter is still suspended for grabbing Cesc Fabregas’ throat in the 3-1 defeat to Chelsea earlier this month.
The pair had started to form a formidable partnership in the middle of the park, and their absence is surely going to be exploited by Arsene Wenger.
Gundogan has been a huge asset since his £20million summer move from Borussia Dortmund.
City will also be missing Sergio Aguero against Arsenal as he is also suspended as a result of the Chelsea game.