Pep Guardiola claims Leroy Sane could miss ‘six or seven months’ with injury

Sane set for long spell on the sidelines

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has claimed that Leroy Sane could miss ‘six or seven months’, after suffering an injury in the Community Shield.

Sane featured in the starting XI against Liverpool, but had to be replaced early on following an injury.

The German had been linked with a move to Bayern Munich, but his injury all but ended those links.

Manchester City released an update on Friday relating to Sane’s injury, confirming that he had ‘damaged the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee’.

They also revealed that Sane will have surgery in the coming week.

However, they did not put a time-frame on Sane’s return.

Now, Pep Guardiola has suggested that the player could miss between six and seven months.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 04: Leroy Sane of Manchester City reacts to an injury during the FA Community Shield match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on August 4, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

“Hopefully, in February or March, he can come back”

Speaking ahead of his side’s clash with West Ham on Saturday, Guardiola spoke further on Sane’s injury:

‘Normally these kind of injuries are six or seven months,’ the Spaniard explained, as quoted by the Mail.

‘Hopefully, in February or March, he can come back.’

Guardiola also discussed Sane’s previous links to Bayern Munich.

The City boss claims that the winger never told him that he wanted to leave:

‘I’ve always said the same, he is our player and he never told me he wanted to leave,’ Guardiola continued.

‘In the final, he was in the starting XI. Hopefully, he recovers well and he has the help.

‘In three seasons we’ve had three ACLs. We don’t have any alternative. We didn’t have (Ilkay) Gundogan, then Benjamin (Mendy)’.

 

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West Ham squad news vs Man City: Captain Mark Noble confirmed out, Lukasz Fabianski is fit

There’s also been some West Ham team news ahead of the early Saturday clash.

Captain Mark Noble will miss the game, while Lukasz Fabianski is fit to play.

Click here to find out more team news.

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