Gundogan ruled out for Germany ahead of crucial Northern Ireland qualifier

Manchester City will hope midfielder Ilkay Gundogan recovers from a cold in time for Premier League duty against Norwich City.

Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is out of the squad due to illness.   -  Getty Images

Ilkay Gundogan will miss Germany's Euro 2020 qualifier against Northern Ireland due to illness.

The Manchester City midfielder will return to his club rather than remaining in Belfast with the Germany squad, which takes on the Euro 2020 qualifying Group C leader on Monday.

Germany revealed Gundogan was suffering with a cold via Twitter, signing off the post with the line: "Get well soon, Ilkay!"

Gundogan came on as a second-half substitute for Germany in its 4-2 home loss to Netherlands on Friday, a result that leaves it three points behind its next opponent in the table.

His condition will be monitored by City, who travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich City in Premier League action next Saturday.

The 28-year-old has featured in all four league matches for Pep Guardiola's side this season, starting in the 2-2 home draw with Tottenham and the 3-1 away triumph at Bournemouth.

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