Ilkay Gundogan offers support to injured City team-mate Benjamin Mendy

Ilkay Gundogan has offered his support to Manchester City team-mate Benjamin Mendy with the defender facing a lengthy lay-off due to a knee injury.Left-back Mendy was hurt in a tackle on Andros Townsend during City’s 5-0 win over Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium last Saturday. The France international is to visit Barcelona-based specialist Dr Ramon Cugat for a full assessment of the injury this week but manager Pep Guardiola has said he could be out for a long time.Midfielder Gundogan has only just returned to action himself after spending nine months on the sidelines following knee surgery, so he can sympathise.Pep on @benmendy23, Delph, @aguerosergiokun and more following #cityvfcsd.WATCH ?? #mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 26, 2017The German said: “I think our task now is just to support him and just to be there if he needs something from us. I know how difficult these kinds of situations are. There’s not really much to talk about at the moment but we wish him a very speedy recovery and we support him in every way.”Gundogan suffered another injury scare after taking a blow to his other knee during his first start since last December, in the Carabao Cup tie at West Brom.Mendy time.— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 26, 2017But the problem did not prove to be serious and the 26-year-old came off the bench in Tuesday’s Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk.Gundogan said: “I’m just happy that I returned that quickly after that hard tackle. I tried to train on the Friday and I still felt a little bit in my knee.“On Saturday it was not possible to be in the squad but I trained on Sunday and Monday and I felt good, so I’m just happy to return that quickly.”(function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','//','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-72310761-1', 'auto', {'name': 'pacontentapi'}); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'referrer', location.origin); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension1', 'By PA Sport Staff'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension2', '10485b62-b85a-4a37-8d47-686a3cc1dcdd'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension3', 'paservice:sport,paservice:sport:football'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension6', 'story-enriched'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension7', 'composite'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension8', null); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension9', 'sport:football'); ga('pacontentapi.send', 'pageview', { 'location': location.href, 'page': (location.pathname + + location.hash), 'title': 'Ilkay Gundogan offers support to injured City team-mate Benjamin Mendy'});

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