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Leroy Sane speaks about difficult rehab as Man City return nears

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Manchester City will return from the coronavirus suspension with not one but two big pieces.

Aymeric Laporte‘s absence was short-term, but Leroy Sane has been missing from first-team action since tearing his ACL in the Community Shield defeat of Liverpool.

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Sane was injured while the transfer window continually linked him to a move to Bayern Munich. After six months out, he played 57 minutes in PL2 action on Feb. 28.

Now add a further wait because of coronavirus.

From ManCity.com:

“It was the hardest and longest injury that I’ve ever had in my career. It is difficult. Especially the first day after the surgery because you can’t move at all and that’s not something any of us athletes are used to.”

He also said he got special help from teammates Ilkay Gundogan and Benjamin Mendy, who’ve rehabbed similar injuries

When Sane does return, City will have an attacking piece as good as any in the league.

The 24-year-old German was arguably City’s best piece during the side’s 2017/18 run to the Premier League title. He posted 10 goals and 15 assists in 2423 minutes.

Pep Guardiola cut his minutes by more than 500 minutes last season and Sane still posted 10 and 10 while raising his Champions League output from two assists in 2017/18 to four goals and four assists.

Where will he fit? Raheem Sterling has taken the wealth of his minutes at left wing, while Riyad Mahrez has been very, very good on the right side.

Maybe his move to Bayern, Barcelona, or Real Madrid is inevitable, but Man City’s quest for the Champions League and FA Cup should have a few more runs with one of the best playmakers in the game.

Sterling return from hamstring injury ‘weeks’ away

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Pep Guardiola confirmed he is worried about the absence of Raheem Sterling. The England international suffered a hamstring injury late in the 2-0 defeat to Tottenham last weekend, and Guardiola called it a “problem” for his squad.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s game against West Ham, the Manchester City boss said Sterling is “weeks” away from a return and ominously recalled recent long-term injuries to Ilkay Gundogan and Aymeric Laporte, both of whom were sidelined for nearly a full season.

“It’s a hamstring injury, we will see,” Guardiola said of Sterling during his pre-match press conference ahead of Manchester City’s home Premier League game against West Ham on Sunday. Sterling was already ruled out of this weekend’s match yesterday. “It takes weeks, but I don’t know [his status] right now.”

“It’s a problem being without him,” Guardiola continued, “but we were without Gundo in the first season and Laporte this season, it is what it is.”

Thankfully for City and Sterling, the injury comes well-timed with the February break upcoming. The club has its home match against West Ham this weekend and then does not re-take the field again until February 22 with a road visit to Leicester City. However, should Sterling’s injury linger, his status for the he return of Champions League play could be in jeopardy, with the first leg of City’s Round of 16 matchup against Real Madrid scheduled for February 26.

With Sterling’s absence looming, the possibility of fellow winger Leroy Sane returning from his ACL injury to take Sterling’s place was brought up, but Guardiola shot that down, saying that Sane is recovering well but will need an extended amount of time to regain full match fitness. “He’s started to train with us, he needs to recover the tempo and confidence, don’t think about the injury. It’s not like an ankle or a muscular injury, it needs time. He’s training with the main group, he needs weeks.”

Sterling has been a reliable workhorse over the past few seasons, logging over 2,500 Premier League minutes in each of the last three campaigns. Man City should cope with his injury relatively well, with Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez both fit and available to step in on the wings, and both David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne also capable of deputizing out wide as well in a pinch.

The 25-year-old’s absence is also an issue for Gareth Southgate as well, with England already missing Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford long-term. While theoretically a hamstring injury shouldn’t keep Sterling from missing any international duty with the next game not scheduled until late March, muscle issues of this nature are always a worry, especially at a point in the season where fatigue begins to truly take a toll.

Transfer rumor roundup: Sane, Havertz moving; Foxes’ Pereira to Spurs

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Leroy Sane has returned to the soccer pitch in his bid to recover from an injury suffered in August.

Whether the Manchester City star’s next game is for the Premier League outfit is another story.

German outlet Bild says Sane has already decided that he wants to go back to Germany, where he’ll join summer courters Bayern Munich.

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The 23-year-old was arguably City’s best player in their record run to the title in 2017/18, but last season was a step back for him.

Bild also says that Manchester City and Manchester United have engaged in “concrete talks” with representatives for Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Kai Havertz.

He’s likely wanted by every team on the planet and has also been linked to Liverpool, but it’s notable that the Mancunian rivals are in the news.

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Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur may be entering the transfer market in January despite Daniel Levy’s claims that he doesn’t expect much.

Reports out of Belgium say Spurs will chase Leicester City full back Ricardo Pereira, with the trickle down forcing the Foxes to turn southeast.

Twenty-year old Aurelio Buta would make the move from Royal Antwerp to Leicester. Buta has a goal and five assists in 18 league outings this season.

The move, of course, could still wait for the summer.

Report: Man City considering Kingsley Coman as Leroy Sane replacement

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Pep Guardiola and Manchester City are considering Bayern Munich’s Kinglsey Coman as a replacement for injured Leroy Sane if he were to leave for the defending German champions over the summer, according to a report from Sky Sports.

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Sane, who is projected to be out until February or March with an ACL injury, was the subject of a $176 million move to Bayern Munich over the summer, but a move never came to fruition, largely due to the aforementioned injury. If negotiations between Sane’s camp and the defending Bundesliga champions pick up again this summer, City have a replacement in mind: 23-year-old Coman.

Coman, who has played in 10 league games for the Bavarian club this season, was managed by Guardiola during his time with the club and flourished during the title-winning 2015-2016 season. In 2017, the Frenchman revealed that the Spaniard’s departure was tough on him, saying, “I found life easier at Bayern Munich under Pep Guardiola.”

As expected, Coman is not the only option City are exploring.

Real Sociedad’s Mikel Oyarzabal, who has a reported $82 million release clause, is also on the Premier League giant’s shortlist. Txiki Begiristain, City’s director of football, has strong ties to La Reala that goes back to his first day in the sport.

At the Etihad, the general feeling from Guardiola’s players is that the German winger is one foot out of England, and is instead focused on a move to Bayern and a return back home. With his contract in the final 12 months this summer, it is expected that the release clause for Sane will not be as lucrative as before. 

In 134 appearances for City, Sane has scored 39 goals, while Coman has scored on 28 different occasions in 139 appearances.

Report: Bayern move in jeopardy as Sane injury may involve ACL

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That injury Leroy Sane suffered over the weekend is going to cost money, time, and perhaps a half-season.

The Manchester City man limped heavily off the field in a Community Shield defeat of Liverpool, immediately inspiring questions about a rumored move to Bayern Munich which would see City earns nine figures, Sane earn over $400,000 a week, and Bayern double down on favorite status in the Bundesliga.

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But intrepid reporter Sam Lee of The Athletic says that Sane likely needs surgery to correct an ACL problem which could be a partial or full tear, and that Bayern would be buying a damaged player and investing a heck of a lot of money into him.

From The Athletic:

He’ll have more tests tomorrow but surgery is regarded as a likely option at the moment. Reports of fluid on his knee delaying full diagnosis could be true.

Remember that Bayern does have time to see how the surgery plays out, perhaps, as the Bundesliga transfer window has more time to run after the Premier League’s open season closes on Thursday evening.

On the flip side, will Pep Guardiola buy another winger on the sheer possibility that Sane’s absence will be lengthy.