Manchester City confirm Leroy Sane has suffered cruciate ligament damage

German winger faces lengthy spell on sideline after surgery

 Manchester City’s Leroy Sane  leaves the pitch with an injury during the FA Community Shield against  Liverpool  at Wembley Stadium. Photograph:   Clive Mason/Getty Images

Manchester City’s Leroy Sane leaves the pitch with an injury during the FA Community Shield against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

 

Leroy Sane is facing a lengthy lay-off after suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage, Manchester City have announced.

The German winger, who limped off in the early stages of Sunday’s Community Shield win over Liverpool at Wembley on Sunday, is to undergo surgery in the coming week.

The injury comes after a summer of speculation over the 23-year-old’s future, with Bayern Munich having been heavily linked with the player.

Sane has been offered a new contract at the Etihad Stadium but has not yet signed. He has two years left on his present deal.

City have not put a timescale on the player’s return but Ilkay Gundogan and Benjamin Mendy have both spent several months on the sidelines with similar problems in recent seasons.

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