Pep Guardiola loses Leroy Sane at least six weeks

Germany and Manchester City winger out with ankle injury. Manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed

Pep Guardiola loses Leroy Sane at least six weeks

Germany and Manchester City winger Leroy Sané out at least six weeks coz of an ankle injury, as manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed. The international player suffered ligament damage following a bad tackle from Joe Bennett in Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round win at Cardiff for 2-0. Sane was caught on his standing leg by a late, studs-up tackle from Bennett late in the first half of City’s game. The foul intervention by Bennett, who was booked and later sent off after another bad tackle on Brahim Diaz, infuriated Guardiola.

He complained to referee Lee Mason after the game and later called for officials to give players better protection. Speaking at a press conference to preview Wednesday’s Premier League clash with WBA, Guardiola didn't want to get drawn into a war of words with the veteran Bluebirds boss, Neil Warnock. The Spaniard said: “He has more experience than me by far about the English football. He knows English football better than me. When he says that, what can I say? But I was here 18 months and my personal view is English football is not like this. But again, Neil has more experience than me. He is a guy who has spent all his career in England and that is why his opinions are his opinions.” After F.A. Cup game, in fact, Cardiff manager Neil Warnock said: “He is in England, what do you expect? I suppose when you’re like that, you want everything to be nice, pretty and perfect. But you don’t get that here, you get different challenges.”

Guardiola had made similar points on several occasions already this season. Kevin De Bruyne has been on the receiving end of bad tackles from Tottenham’s Dele Alli and Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon, and Raheem Sterling from Spurs’ Harry Kane. Newcastle’s Jacob Murphy also caught Ilkay Gundogan high. Each time Guardiola has called for firmer action from referees. He has also stressed the problem is not necessarily unique to City players.

Sané, 22, has been instrumental this season, scoring 11 goals and providing 14 assists in 32 appearances all competitions. On 9 September 2017, Sané scored his first two goals of the 2017–18 season in Manchester City's 5–0 win against Liverpool at the City of Manchester Stadium. He scored his third goal of the season against Crystal Palace in their second 5–0 victory of the season. Due to his excellent performances in October, scoring and assisting once in each of his three games, he has earnt the Premier League Player of the Month award.

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