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Zabaleta sends message of support to Gundogan

TOGETHER: Kevin De Bruyne, Jesus Navas and Pablo Zabaleta congratulate Ilkay Gundogan on his goal against Barcelona

TOGETHER: Kevin De Bruyne, Jesus Navas and Pablo Zabaleta congratulate Ilkay Gundogan on his goal against Barcelona

Pablo Zabaleta has sent a message of support to Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.

The German suffered a knee injury in the 2-0 win over Watford on Wednesday and looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Zabaleta confirmed Gundogan has damaged the same knee he dislocated earlier in the year, a setback that saw him out of action for four-and-a-half months and delayed his City debut until mid-September. 

“Yeah, it looks bad,” Zabaleta said. “It’s the same knee [as the injury he suffered in May].

“Probably he will be assessed tomorrow, he’ll have a scan and see how bad it is.”

Having worked his way to full fitness and played his way into Pep Guardiola’s side, it’s a cruel blow for Gundogan - but Zabaleta says the whole squad are behind him.

“We feel so sorry for him because it’s been quite tough for him at the beginning of the season,” he said. “He has been working so hard and he was playing well.

“Unfortunately, now it is the same knee. But he has to keep strong and see how bad it is.”

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