Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola eased any worries over Ilkay Gundogan’s fresh injury scare.
Leroy Sane’s double earned City a 2-1 Carabao Cup win at West Brom on Wednesday but victory was tarnished when Gundogan limped off in the second half.
The midfielder was making his first start since December after recovering from a serious knee injury. But he was injured by Claudio Yacob – who scored the Baggies’ equaliser – when the Argentinian tackled him from behind.
Gundogan will have a scan on his left knee – the opposite one than he injured before – and was clearly in pain but Guardiola expects him back soon.
He said: “I think it’s not serious, it’s not eight months, but a little injury. Unfortunately the action is tough. He will be back soon hopefully. Tomorrow we will make a test. The physio and doctor told me it’s not big issue.
“I’ll have to review (Yacob’s tackle). It’s from behind but I don’t know if he touched the ball or not. I didn’t see the image. Fortunately Gundogan is coming back soon.
“I suffer for him. He was on the grass and at that moment you think the wrong situation. You can’t imagine, for eight months, to be fighting every day alone.”