Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan will miss Euro 2016 after his club confirmed he has suffered a dislocated knee in training.
The German international is set to be out for “months” with no date as of yet for his return.
BVB tweeted on Friday afternoon to wish the midfielder a speedy recovery after the news began to break. Gundogan has been ruled out of the Euros in France this summer and so with this being the case, his proposed move to Manchester City could be in jeopardy. While nothing has been confirmed by either party, numerous reports have emerged in recent months that Pep Guardiola wants Gundogan to spear head his new look Manchester City midfield next season. It has been reported that his representatives have met with City chiefs to discuss the move. However in light of his fresh injury lay off City and Guardiola could be forced to look elsewhere.
The German has had a torrid time with injuries in his career. He missed almost the entire 2013/14 campaign with a chronic back problem that has plagued him through his life, leaving him out of contention for the World Cup in Brazil.
And now, weeks before the tournament begins, Gundogan must watch his fellow countrymen take to the field from afar. Dortmund’s engine room in midfield has a contract until just 2017, leaving him with only one year remaining, and reports are rife that he will not be renewing in seek of a new challenge. He would undoubtedly be a player in high demand should he be on the move, all be it that City seem to have already stolen a march early on the competition.
The injury will surely test just how badly City and more importantly Guardiola want their man. If rumours are true he is seen as the ideal player to suit the style the new manager would look to install at the Etihad, with that being the case they could well take the gamble on his fitness in hope he will be ready for the start of the new campaign mid-August.