Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola delivered a grim verdict on Leroy Sane’s knee injury by stating he expects the winger to be sidelined for “six or seven months”.
Guardiola and City lost Sane to a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament injury during last Sunday’s Community Shield victory against Liverpool.
The 23-year-old lasted just 10 minutes in the match following a challenge from Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold. It caused him to land awkwardly on his right knee, and saw Guardiola replace him with Gabriel Jesus.
Reports had emerged earlier this week claiming that Sane would undergo surgery in Barcelona for his ACL problem. Therefore, chances of him joining Bayern Munich this summer are effectively over.
“It is incredibly bad news,” said Guardiola, according to BBC.
“I don’t know how long he will be out. Normally this kind of injury is six or seven months – hopefully, February or March.”
Guardiola also quashed talk of Sane joining Bayern as the German never even told him he wanted to leave City.
“I never thought about him leaving, he didn’t tell me he wants to leave,” revealed the Catalan coach.
“That’s why he played all the pre-season and the Community Shield.”
On the bright side for City, though, Riyad Mahrez is set to feature in Saturday’s Premier League opener at West Ham United.
Guardiola had dropped the winger from the Community Shield amid fears he might breach doping regulations. Apparently, he took some questionable medicine during Algeria’s triumphant Africa Cup of Nations campaign this summer.
Meanwhile, David Silva will replace the departed Vincent Kompany as City’s new captain in what will be his final season for the club.
City’s defence of their Premier League crown will begin at 13:30 (CET) at the London Stadium on Saturday.
El Capitan ⚡️
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 9, 2019