Thursday 29 September 2016

Dortmund star's possible Premier League move in doubt after horror knee injury

Published 06/05/2016 | 18:16

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan will miss the rest of the season and Euro 2016 after dislocating his knee in training.

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Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan will miss the rest of the season and Euro 2016 after dislocating his knee in training.

The German club announced on their official website on Friday that the 25-year-old had suffered the injury while training ahead of his side's trip to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

The Bundesliga club have not said exactly how long Gundogan will be sidelined for, but they have already ruled out the chance of him playing for Germany in France this summer.

The reported Manchester City target has been capped 16 times by his country and scored four goals.

He was expected to be part of Joachim Low's squad for this summer's European Championship having been influential in the Dortmund midfield this season.

He had been a regular until a foot injury forced him to miss five of Dortmund's past seven Bundesliga fixtures.

Low, who will name his preliminary squad for Euro 2016 on May 17, has expressed his regret at losing Gundogan.

"Of course this is a setback for all of us, but above all it is very bitter for Ilkay himself," he said on the German Football Association's website.

"After he was already forced to miss (the World Cup in) Brazil due to injury, now he's going to miss a European Championship which he had such high hopes for.

"He was in great shape and with his dynamism, his vision and his strategic abilities, he played a central role in our plans.

"All of us from the national team wish him first and foremost a speedy return to action."

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