Speaking at the first of two press conferences this week, our influential German was asked if he was fit for selection against Chelsea.
Having been on the end of a couple of over-zealous challenges at Brighton, Ilkay walked off gingerly in the second half and did not feature in the 5-0 win over Everton on Sunday.
"I am alright," he responded. "I was a little cautious in the Brighton game because of the knock on my knee.
"I could feel the muscles around it tighten and I didn’t want to pull anything. I didn't miss any training after it. I am feeling good, thanks for asking."
Gundogan, leading the City scoring charts with 17, was also asked if he'd ever felt so confident before a big game?
"I don’t know because we play so many big games," he said.
"This one stands out. I don’t really know. It is a difficult question. Because everything has worked so well during the season, I just feel like we have the right dynamics in the group.
"Everything is quite set. That’s why I feel we are prepared for it. It is just about repeating what we did. Not just on Saturday, this week. I will go into that game with the same confidence I went into all the games before."
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