Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has said that winger Leroy Sane will be out of action for between six or seven months after confirming the 22-year-old had torn his cruciate ligament in last weekend’s Community Shield final against Liverpool.
“I’m not a doctor, but normally this kind of injury needs six or seven months,” Guardiola said in his press conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League opener away to West Ham United.
Although Sane had been linked to a move to Bayern Munich, Guardiola insisted he “didn’t potentially think about him leaving.”
“I always said the same: he’s our player, he didn’t tell me: ‘I want to leave’ so I always thought he was our player. For that reason, he played all the pre-season…unfortunately, it is incredibly bad news,” said the coach, who was optimistic Sane would be back to his best in 2020.
“He’s a young player and hopefully he will recover well. He is in the best hands possible in terms of the situation,” added Guardiola, who promised Sane the club’s full support.
“All the people here are going to try and help him be comfortable in the tough moments because after one month, two months he will feel alone. We will try to be with him as much as possible and help him recover as well as possible,” he continued.
Last season Benjamin Mendy suffered a similar injury and the previous campaign Ilkay Gundogan also broke his cruciate knee ligament and Guardiola explained that his side had been able to cope with other players providing cover.
“They did it incredibly well and now with Leroy, we will just let him know we are here and we will wait for him,” he said.