Man City star Ilkay Gundogan pulls out of Germany squad to play Northern Ireland in Euro 2020 qualifier after falling ill with flu after flight to Belfast
- Ilkay Gundogan has withdrawn from Germany squad to play Northern Ireland
- Manchester City midfielder is suffering from a cold and has returned home
- Germany are looking for a response after their 4-2 qualifying loss to Holland
However, Gundogan fell ill after flying into Belfast from Hamburg – where Germany lost 4-2 to Holland on Friday night – and remained at the team hotel before flying back to Manchester.
Ilkay Gundogan has pulled out of the Germany squad to face Northern Ireland on Monday
The Manchester City midfielder felt ill following the German squad’s flight to Belfast
German media reported that the 28-year-old midfielder has been suffering from stomach problems, but the national team tweeted: ‘Ilkay Gundogan has been diagnosed with a cold and will not be available for #NIRGER on Monday. The midfielder has left the team hotel in Belfast to return home.’
Germany are already without Borussia Dortmund Nico Schulz who left camp after sustaining ligament damage in his foot against the Dutch, while Gundogan’s City teammate Leroy Sane has been sidelined for seven months with an ACL injury.
Germany are looking for a response in Belfast after their loss to Holland on Friday evening.
Northern Ireland, meanwhile, are aiming to maintain their 100 per cent start to qualifying Group C by making it five wins out of five.