Ilkay Gundogan joins Man City’s growing injury list with Pep Guardiola set to play the kids in Carabao Cup clash with Wycombe ahead of daunting trips to Chelsea, PSG and Liverpool
- Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has joined Manchester City’s growing injury list
- The German international picked up the blow in City’s draw with Southampton
- Gundogan joins John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Rodri on the injury table
- Pep Guardiola says he will play youngster in City’s Carabao Cup tie on Tuesday
Manchester City’s injury problems are mounting ahead of a crucial week of big matches with the news that Ilkay Gundogan is the latest player needing treatment.
City boss Pep Guardiola hinted the Germany midfielder was nursing a problem following Saturday’s goalless draw with Southampton. He was already without John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Rodri and Oleksandr Zinchenko against the Saints.
City face a tough run of away games with Chelsea on September 25, Paris St Germain three days later and Liverpool at the start of October, but first host Wycombe in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.
Ilkay Gundogan has become the latest Manchester City star to come down with injury
The German picked up an injury during City’s goalless draw with Southampton on Saturday
Guardiola insists his injury list is so bad that he has no choice but to play several of his youngsters when the club begin the defence of their trophy against the League One side.
‘I don’t have another alternative,’ said the Spaniard. ‘We are going to play a few young players. Some first-team players but some players must rest for the three games we have ahead of us.
‘A few players from the academy are going to play because we have John, Ayme (Laporte), Aleks (Zinchenko), Rodri, I think Gundogan, all of them injured.
Pep Guardiola says he will play youngster in City’s Carabao Cup clash with Wycombe
‘We will see because we don’t have four or five days to prepare and to make a good selection but it is an opportunity for the academy – that’s why they are there.
‘Now we are going to play the Carabao Cup. We are going to see how many people recover for the next days because we are in difficult conditions right now but we will go there and to London and Paris and Liverpool to do good games.’
News of injuries to Rodri and Zinchenko broke ahead of the Southampton game and Guardiola said he does not 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 several of his 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 could come into the team against Wycombe.
Academy youngsters Luke Mbete, Joshua Wilson-Esbrand, Romeo Lavia, Cole Palmer, Liam Delap, James McAtee and Sam Edozie are also set to come into contention for starting places.