Ilkay Gundogan reassures Man City fans he is still alive after tribute is hammered online
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
Awful start by City. Gundogan will be turning in his grave.— Andrew Kilduff (@TuftyMUFC) December 18, 2016
Imagine if Arsenal did what City are doing for Gündogan for all our long term injuries. We'd have had Diaby shirts on backwards for 8 years— TF⁹ (@TheFalseNein) December 18, 2016
Wonder if they'll include Gundogan in the dead person montage— GeorgeWeahsCousin (@WeahsCousin) December 18, 2016
Full time and Man City win 2-1, after a brave second half performance, inspired by the spirit of Ilkay Gundogan. A fitting tribute.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) December 18, 2016
This is actually embarrassing. Gundogan is at home lads he's not dead pic.twitter.com/vFRiGyNR2W— Adam (@DeGeaoIogy) December 18, 2016
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