Barcelona’s UCL hopes dampened as Ilkay Gundogan makes tearful exit during Germany friendly

Ilkay Gundogan is among the most efficient midfielders in the world. His heroics led Pep to his ever elusive Champions League glory with Manchester City and helped them cruise past towards the treble. It is befitting to say that after being paired alongside De Bruyne and Haaland, Gundogan acted as a canon for goals. Impressed by the German’s accurate passing and game sense, the Catalans boss invited Gundogan for a new challenge. He has been impressive in the red and blue colors, but following his injury in the international friendly against France, Xavi must be sweating if it turns out to be serious. 

The new Barcelona midfielder was forced into an early substitution following an unfortunate fall that caused him to land on his lower back, resulting in the injury within just 25 minutes of the game. The midfielder couldn’t continue and was replaced by the German manager, Rudi Völler.

Barcelona star suffers hamstring tear during international duty

The 31-year-old German international recently joined Barcelona in June from Manchester City after a terrific treble-winning season with the Citizens. This is a major concern for Barcelona as La Liga resumes this weekend, with their upcoming fixture against Real Betis scheduled for Saturday. Additionally, they have important Champions League fixtures ahead in the upcoming weeks.

Gundogan possibly suffered a hamstring tear injury while on national duty, limping off the pitch; however, the extent of the injury is yet to be determined. The player is likely to undergo a medical examination to assess its severity. Gundogan was visibly emotional when he was substituted, but we’ll have to wait for the medical reports to draw any conclusions. Germany’s manager, Völler claimed that Gündogan’s injury is unlikely to be as serious as a fracture.

Barcelona sweating over vital UCL fixtures

Barcelona is concerned that Gundogan could potentially miss crucial Champions League matches scheduled for September and October. This season, he has featured in all four La Liga matches for the club, with two assists to his name. Gundogan is unquestionably one of the key midfield figures for manager Xavi Hernandez.

Barcelona would hope that the midfield superstar’s injury is not serious, allowing him to feature in the upcoming Champions League group fixtures. They have been drawn into Group H alongside Royal Antwerp, FC Porto, and Shakhtar Donetsk. FC Barcelona is already without two of their key players, Pedri and Ronald Araújo, who are sidelined with injuries, and now there is uncertainty surrounding Ilkay Gundogan.”


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