Ilkay Gundogan joins Man City’s growing list of injuries with Pep Guardiola to play kids in Carabao Cup
Ilkay Gundogan joins Man City’s growing list of injuries as Pep Guardiola will play the kids in Carabao Cup clash with Wycombe ahead of daunting trips to Chelsea, PSG and Liverpool
- Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has been added to Manchester City’s growing list of injuries
- The Germany international was hit in City’s draw with Southampton
- Gundogan joins John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Rodri on the injury table
- Pep Guardiola says he will play a youngster in City’s Carabao Cup match on Tuesday
Manchester City’s injury problems are mounting ahead of a pivotal week of big games with the news that Ilkay Gundogan is the latest player to require treatment.
City boss Pep Guardiola hinted that the German midfielder was in trouble after Saturday’s goalless draw against Southampton. He was already without John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Rodri and Oleksandr Zinchenko against the Saints.
City await a tough run of away games with Chelsea on September 25, Paris St Germain three days later and Liverpool in early October, but will first host Wycombe in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening.
Ilkay Gundogan is the latest Manchester City star to be injured
The German suffered an injury on Saturday during City’s goalless draw against Southampton
Guardiola insists his injury list is so bad he will have no choice but to play against some of his young players as the club starts defending their trophy against the League One side.
“I have no other alternative,” said the Spaniard. “We’re going to play some young players. Some first team players, but some players need to rest for the three games ahead.
“A few players from the academy are going to play because we have John, Ayme (Laporte), Aleks (Zinchenko), Rodri, I think Gundogan, all injured.
Pep Guardiola says he will play youngster in City’s Carabao Cup clash with Wycombe
“We’ll see, because we don’t have four or five days to prepare and make a good selection, but it’s an opportunity for the academy – that’s why they are here.
“Now we are going to play the Carabao Cup. We’re going to see how many people recover in the coming days because we’re in difficult circumstances right now, but we’ll go there and to London and Paris and Liverpool to play good games.”
News of Rodri and Zinchenko’s injuries broke ahead of Southampton’s game and Guardiola said he doesn’t know how long either player will be out, but Stones and Laporte are already doubtful for the trip to Chelsea this weekend.
City will rest some of its first-team stars, including Ruben Dias (far right) and Joao Cancelo
Guardiola also ruled out Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo as they are the only players to have played every minute of every game so far this season.
Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Ferran Torres and Riyad Mahrez were all on the bench against Saints and were able to get into the squad against Wycombe.
Academy youngsters Luke Mbete, Joshua Wilson-Esbrand, Romeo Lavia, Cole Palmer, Liam Delap, James McAtee and Sam Edozie are also eligible for starting spots.