Manchester City have confirmed that midfielder Alke Gundogan has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of Monday’s clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
City recently welcomed Riyad Mahrez and Emerick Laporte back into training after the pair were also diagnosed with the virus and forced into ten-day self-isolation.
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Gundogan has already entered a self-isolation period, meaning he could miss City’s next four fixtures in all competitions, the club confirmed on their official website.
After Monday’s meeting with Wolves, City face Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup on Thursday before returning to league action with the visit of Leicester City on Sunday. Gundogan could then be available to return to training, but whether he will be ready for the meeting with Leeds United on October 3 remains to be seen.
Losing Gündoğan would be a huge blow for Pep Guardiola, who will be hoping to see his side bounce back from a disappointing 2019/20 season with an impressive start to the new campaign.
Guardiola to be without Gundogan for at least three games / Robbie J Barratt – AMA/Getty Images
“Last season we scored the most goals and Ederson got the Golden Glove for the most clean sheets, but we still need to improve because we lost a lot of games,” Gundogan said after being diagnosed with the virus. said earlier (via The Guardian).
“Some games we won comfortably, then some we made mistakes or didn’t finish our chances and lost. It’s impossible to win every match but what you can do is try to learn from your losses.
Gundogan wants City to get to 100 points again / Sebastian Frege/MB Media/Getty Images
“We have to try to be more consistent in all the games. It’s difficult to get 100 points or 98 points every year, but if we want to challenge for all the titles again this season, we have to be close to that standard. type
“We shouldn’t try to completely change the way we do things, because we have a certain way of playing that has worked well for us in the past, but there are small things we can improve on. If we want to have a better season than that. Last year.”
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