Pablo Zabaleta has insisted that he is certain his Manchester City team-mate Ilkay Gundogan will come back stronger from his latest injury setback.
The Germany international, who joined Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal in the summer, had to be substituted in the 44th minute of the Citizens’ 2-0 win over Watford on Wednesday night after he damaged his right knee, following a challenge from Nordin Amrabat.
Gundogan has a wretched record with injuries, with the midfielder missing the beginning of the present campaign as he was recovering from a knee injury he suffered on the same leg while playing for Dortmund last season.
And Zabaleta, who opened the scoring against Watford in the first half at the Etihad Stadium before David Silva doubled the hosts’ advantage late on, backed Gundogan to return stronger.
“Good morning everyone. Gutted for Gundogan”, he tweeted.
“I wish you a speedy recovery and I'm sure you will come back stronger.”
Although the extent of Gundogan’s injury is yet to be determined, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola fears the 26-year-old will be sidelined for a substantial period of time.
The news is a blow for the Citizens as they head into the busy festive period of games.