Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan looks set for an extended spell on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury in his side's 2-0 win over Watford on Wednesday.
The Germany international was forced off the field shortly before half-time after falling akwardly after what appeared to be a fairly innocuous challenge from Nordin Amrabat. While Gundogan was able to leave the field unassisted, he looked to be in considerable discomfort.
Speaking after the match, City manager Pep Guardiola revealed that former Borussia Dortmund man had suffered suspected knee ligament damage.
"I'm so sad for Ilkay Gundogan as it looks like we'll be without him for a long time," said Guardiola. "It is of course the worst news from the day.
He added: "We'll know the extent of the injury when he has been properly assessed by the doctor but I think he may be out for some time."
The news of a spell on the sidelines will come as a hammerblow for the 26-year-old who joined City from Dortmund in June for a fee of £20m. Despite being Guardiola's first signing as City boss, Gundogan was only able to make his debut for the club in mid-September due to injury.