Thursday 19 October 2017

Ilkay Gundogan reassures Man City fans he is still alive after tribute is hammered online

Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta and Gael Clichy wear shirts in support of injured team mate Ilkay Gundogan
Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta and Gael Clichy wear shirts in support of injured team mate Ilkay Gundogan

Mark Critchley

Ilkay Gundogan has reassured Manchester City supporters that he is “still alive” after his team-mates paid tribute to the injured midfielder on Sunday.

The 26-year-old is likely to be sidelined for the rest of the season after tearing knee ligaments in last Wednesday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Watford.

In honour of their unavailable team-mate, City’s players wore ‘Gundogan 8’ shirts back-to-front as they walked out for Sunday’s meeting with Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium.

The gesture led many onlookers to suggest that Pep Guardiola’s players were over-reacting and behaving as if Gundogan had passed away, and the tribute was mocked widely on social media.

Gundogan, however, was all well and fine and after watching City’s 2-1 victory from the stands, he jokingly assured supporters that reports of his death had been greatly exaggerated.

“Thanks to my teammates & of course - congrats to my boys to this crucial win against #AFC PS: Don't worry - I'm still alive,” he wrote on Twitter.

Gundogan has a chequered fitness history, having previously missed a full year after sustaining a back injury at former club Borussia Dortmund.

The Germany international also underwent surgery on a dislocated knee cap earlier this year, which saw miss his national team’s run to the semi-finals of the European Championships in France.

Gundogan, who arrived at the Etihad in the summer in a £20m deal, turned in several impressive performances prior to his latest setback and was named City’s Player of the Month for November by the club's supporters







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