Man City suffer Gundogan injury blow in training which could boost Chelsea hopes

Manchester City could be without top-scorer Ilkay Gundogan for their Champions League final clash against Chelsea after he left their final training session early.

The Germany international and losing finalist with Borussia Dortmund in 2013 has proved to be a standout player for Guardiola this season, scoring 17 goals across all competitions.

The 30-year-old, who lifted his third Premier League title with the club this season, has enjoyed a spell of full fitness following previous issues – but might now be a worry for his manager.

Gundogan appeared cautious when leaving the training field on Friday, having been left on the floor by a shoulder barge earlier in their preparations for the Porto showpiece.

The former Nurnberg midfielder had spoken about his desire to win the tournament earlier in the week, and his potential absence could rock their chances of a maiden European Cup.

When asked if he was confident of glory, he said: "I don't know, because we played so many big games but this one stands out. It's a difficult question.

"Everything has worked so well during all the season for us, I feel like we have the right dynamics in the group and everything is quite set. I fell comfortable and we are prepared for it.

"It's about repeating what we already did, reminding ourselves this week, not just Saturday.

"I go into the game with the same confidence I go into all the games before. It's about getting used to eachother, the individuals, this is what makes a group strong.

"We voted for five captains at the beginning fo the season, these people have more responsibility but it's always bringing the whole group the right direction, if you feel something in the air you don't want to lose someone on the way.

"It's important, all the players have difficulties throughout the year. Everyone has a little issue, some bigger, some smaller. It's normal, we all struggle.

"It's about bouncing back, reacting well from struggles. The only people who can really support you are the players."

With Guardiola adding: "I never thought this was the season to get to this final.

"I never approach this competition at the beginning like this. We are a similar team to when we go out. Margins are a little details. It hasn't changed much. Now we're quite satisfied to get to the final.

"If you don't have a huge desire to win it and know what you have to do, it won't be possible to win."

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