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Manchester City outline Ilkay Gundogan’s injury timescale

Manchester City outline Ilkay Gundogan’s injury timescale

Manchester City face tricky fixtures

It has not been plain sailing for Manchester City so far this campaign as they look to defend their Premier League title.

Falling to defeat against Tottenham Hotspur on the opening day of the season, they were also held to a 0-0 draw against Southampton, but have recovered to sit 2nd in the league after six games as those around them continue to drop points.

Their 1-0 victory over fellow title rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend underlined that they cannot be underestimated this season despite their failure to bring in a recognised striker over the summer window, and they will surely be there or thereabouts come May.

However, they have tricky fixtures ahead, facing Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League followed by a trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool before the international break commences.

City dealt Gundogan injury blow

And it appears as though they will have to make these trips without key midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, who remains injured.

Speaking ahead of the clash with Paris Saint Germain, which will see Pep Guardiola and Lionel Messi reunite, Guardiola confirmed that the German in the engine room will be out of action until after the upcoming international break.

Fortunately for Manchester City, they can call upon Bernardo Silva to play in central midfield, as he did to great effect against Chelsea.

However, the lack of Gundogan for two massive clashes severely limits the amount of rotation that is possible for Guardiola as he looks to take six points from a possible six.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 7 12 16
2 Liverpool FC 7 11 15
3 Manchester City 7 11 14
4 Manchester United 7 8 14
5 Everton FC 7 5 14
6 Brighton & Hove Albion 7 3 14
7 Brentford FC 7 4 12
8 Tottenham Hotspur 7 -4 12
9 West Ham United 7 4 11
10 Aston Villa 7 1 10
11 Arsenal FC 7 -5 10
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 7 -1 9
13 Leicester City 7 -3 8
14 Crystal Palace 7 -3 7
15 Watford FC 7 -3 7
16 Leeds United 7 -7 6
17 Southampton FC 7 -5 4
18 Burnley FC 7 -6 3
19 Newcastle United 7 -8 3
20 Norwich City 7 -14 1

Premier League 21/22

Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 7
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 5
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 4
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 4
Greenwood, Mason Manchester United 4
Townsend, Andros Everton FC 3
Ings, Danny Aston Villa 3
Benrahma, Said West Ham United 3
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 3
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 3
Lukaku, Romelu Chelsea FC 3
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 3
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 3
Hwang, Hee-chan Wolverhampton Wanderers 3
Raphinha Leeds United 3