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18th Dec 2016

İlkay Gündoğan confirms he’s not dead following Man City teammates’ shirt tribute

A relief to us all...

Simon Lloyd

Ahead of their match against Arsenal, Manchester City’s players were keen to show İlkay Gündoğan that their thoughts were with him following the season-ending knee injury he suffered in midweek.

The German international damaged ligaments against Watford on Wednesday, just months after recovering from the dislocated kneecap that ruled him out of the opening weeks of the season.

Each City player took to the field in shirts with Gündoğan’s name and squad number on Sunday afternoon, a gesture that was widely mocked by many watching the game.

Despite the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder suffering more than his fair share of injury woes in recent years, plenty pointed out that a few ruptured knee ligaments weren’t enough to put his life in danger.

After the game, Gündoğan confirmed that he was indeed very much alive and well as he tweeted his congratulations to the team on their 2-1 victory.

A relief to everyone…

City’s win over Arsenal lifts them to second in the league table, above Arsene Wenger’s side and Liverpool, who play Everton on Monday night.

They now face a trip to Hull City on Boxing Day, before facing Liverpool at Anfield on New Year’s Eve.

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