Returning Gundogan limps out of impressive Manchester City return

Carla Harmon
September 21, 2017

Leroy Sane's brace gave Manchester City a battling 2-1 win at West Brom in the third round of the EFL Cup, but victory came at a price as Ilkay Gundogan was hit by another possible injury blow.

"I think it's a more motivation for everyone to show the coach that they want to play", Sane told City's official website.

The game might also provide the opportunity for midfielder Ilkay Gundogan to step up his return from a long-term knee injury or for captain Vincent Kompany to be eased back into action after a calf problem.

Gundogan will have a scan on his left knee - the opposite one than he injured before - and was clearly in pain but Guardiola expects him back soon. He will be back soon hopefully.

"I suffer for him. You can't imagine, for eight months, to be fighting every day alone".

Sane scored the first goal to put the citizens in the lead as early as the third minute in a move that included 54 completed passes and some brilliant work by Raheem Sterling down the right flank led to a early breakthrough for the visitors.

Leroy Sane had put them ahead in the third minute and scored the 77th minute victor to secure their place in the fourth round five minutes after Yacob had equalised.

Guardiola's men did not heed that warning and Yacob, already far from popular with the travelling supporters, was allowed too much room to dispatch Kieran Gibbs' corner through Claudio Bravo's legs.

"I'm disappointed we didn't win the game".

City will host Championship side Wolves in the fourth round next month. 'I have to review it, it's from behind, but I don't know if he touched the ball.

It had been a thoroughly dominant first-half display from Guardiola's side but they failed to add to their early goal, with Sane curling a long-range effort wide just before the interval.

"We played all the games away and all against Premier League teams - Huddersfield was an exception but they are Premier League now".

Yacob equalised to reward a much-improved West Brom display in the second period, although Sane settled matters with a fine 77th-minute victor.

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