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Ilkay Gundogan undergoes knee surgery

PASS MASTER: Ilkay Gundogan

PASS MASTER: Ilkay Gundogan

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has undergone surgery on the cruciate knee injury he sustained in the recent win over Watford.

The German, who had been in fine form before his setback, took to Twitter this afternoon to confirm the operation had gone well and thank the City supporters for their kind words in the aftermath of his injury.

He said: "Hi guys! I'm doing well and today's surgery went fine. Now it's another road to recovery."

Gundogan became the first signing of the Pep Guardiola era when he joined City in the summer from Borussia Dortmund – but he had to wait until mid-September before making his debut after recovering from a previous injury sustained in Germany. 

He was awarded the man of the match in his first game - the 4-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach - and had been a regular in Guardiola's first team ever since, producing a string of fine displays. 

Everyone at Manchester City wishes Ilkay the best in his recovery and we hope to see him back in action as soon as possible. 

We will keep you updated with his progress. 

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Man City team news ahead of Hull test

PREMIER FOCUS: Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Manchester City have close to a fully fit squad ahead of the Boxing Day trip to Hull City.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has offered an injury update ahead of the Boxing Day trip to Hull

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Man City midfield debate, plus striker linked

MEDIA FOCUS: Kevin De Bruyne, Yaya Toure and Antoine Griezmann

It’s the eve of Christmas Eve, but there’s no rest for the media as the build up continues to Boxing Day fixture against Hull.

There’s midfield tactics discussion, the inevitable transfer speculation, and a spot for two City players in the Guardian’s lastest ‘top 100 world players’ run down.