Guardiola's Manchester City plans scuppered as Dortmund midfielder faces up to a year out

It’s seemed clear for quite some time that Ilkay Gündogan would become a Manchester City player this summer but a serious knee injury has left those hopes up in the air.

The midfielder has been in superb form for Borussia Dortmund all season, rediscovering the performances that elevated him to a world-renowned status in 2013.

Back then, the German helped lead Dortmund to a Champions League final only to suffer a back injury and miss over a year of football.

Well, the same fate seems to have struck him again.

Dortmund have confirmed that Gündogan’s season is over after he suffered a dislocated knee in training earlier this week. That means he won’t feature in the German cup final on 21st May and he is also ruled out of Euro 2016.

It’s a huge blow for the player and also an enormous blow for Manchester City.

Gündogan is expected to miss a number of months at best. Players who have suffered similar injuries before have gone on to miss entire seasons or more.

Britt Assombalonga of Nottingham Forest suffered a dislocated knee last year and, after surgery, was out of action for 14 months. The injury was sustained in February 2015 and he’s made just three appearances so far this season.

Obviously, it will be hoped that Gündogan’s injury isn’t quite so serious.

Manchester City have reportedly spoken to Dortmund about signing the midfielder this summer, who is keen to play under Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium. With this latest injury, though, who knows whether or not that deal could still go ahead.

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