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Gundogan injury not serious, says Guardiola

2017-09-21 09:35
Ilkay Gundogan (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Pep Guardiola has allayed fears over the injury sustained by Ilkay Gundogan during Manchester City's 2-1 League Cup win over West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old was withdrawn on the hour mark of City's victory after a heavy challenge from Claudio Yacob.

Leroy Sane was the hero in the third round clash with his two goals, as Yacob scored for the Baggies.

Gundogan was making his first start since injuring his cruciate ligaments against Watford nine months ago.

Guardiola though says the German's injury is not as bad as first feared.

He said: "It was a tough situation for him but I think Ilkay will be OK. He has a small issue with his knee, but not like before and I don’t think it will be anything serious.”

City will play Wolverhampton Wanderers at home in the fourth round, with Guardiola adding: "Finally, we have a home game. Since I’ve been here we have never been drawn at home so I thank the guys who made the draw!"

And on his side's overall performance, he explained: "I thought we played very well in the first-half when we scored and probably should have gone into half-time two or three goals ahead with the chances we created, but in the second half, we were under pressure because if you concede corners and free-kicks against West Brom it is very difficult. 

"We will respect Wolves and we know from experience against Huddersfield last season but we saw what happened in the first game so we will be ready. We are just happy we will be playing at home at last."

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