Previous
West Bromwich Albion
Manchester United
2:15 PM UTC
Game Details
AFC Bournemouth
Liverpool
4:30 PM UTC
Game Details
Heart of Midlothian
Celtic
3
0
LIVE 62'
Game Details
Bologna
Juventus
2:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Barcelona
Deportivo La Coruña
7:45 PM UTC
Game Details
RB Leipzig
Hertha Berlin
5:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Next
Manchester CityManchester City
Tottenham HotspurTottenham Hotspur
4
1
FT
Game Details
ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Ilkay Gundogan hoping for first start in nine months against West Brom

Ale Moreno says Man City's abundance of talent and squad depth is why they're such heavy favourites to win the league.
Craig Burley scoffs at the idea of the Premier League title being a two-horse race between United and City this season.

Ilkay Gundogan is ready to make his first start for Manchester City in nine months, and hopes Wednesday's League Cup third-round match against West Brom will provide that opportunity.

The Germany international made his return from a knee injury on Saturday, coming on as a sub in City's 6-0 trouncing of Watford.

And while the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder admits he's still not at his best pre-injury form, he's ready to resume playing regularly once more.

"If I said I am the same player as I was a year ago, I would be lying," Gundogan told multiple outlets in the UK.

"I mean, through the injury, you don't feel the same. You don't feel as though you are the most powerful guy in the world, not that I ever did.

Ilkay Gundogan
Ilkay Gundogan came on as a sub in Man City's thrashing of Watford on Saturday.

"Of course, I had two injuries on my knee and I know what to do to prepare myself for the games and to warm my knee up and be generally fit. I will do everything to be as fit as possible.

"That could be it for all the injuries! I think I am done, now! I am ready to continue playing, to keep fit. To enjoy playing.

"As a footballer, you want to play as much as possible, to be honest.

"Wednesday would be a good opportunity to do it but the manager will decide.

"If he thinks I am ready, I am ready. I am there. I am waiting for him to say."

Follow @ESPNFC on Twitter to keep up with the latest football updates.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.