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Pep Guardiola delivers good news to Manchester City fans about Leroy Sane’s injury

FOOTBALL By Mirror | January 7th 2020
Leroy Sané goes down with what turned out to be an anterior cruciate ligament injury during Manchester City’s Community Shield victory over Liverpool at Wembley/Getty Images

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Leroy Sane is close to a return to training with his Manchester City team-mates.

City have missed having Sane as an option in attack this season, with the winger having been out since rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in August.

But the 23-year-old has now begun training alone with the ball, and City boss Guardiola expects him to return to full training soon.

“He is close. I spoke with him two days ago," said Guardiola as he prepared his City side for Tuesday's EFL semi-final first leg away to Manchester United.

"He is training alone with ball and feels he handled it well.

"He is doing incredibly well, his knee looks really good so I don't think it is going to take too much time to come back to train with us.

"In the next few weeks he can come back.”

Sane's injury in August temporarily ended talk of a transfer to Bayern Munich for the Germany international.

The speculation resumed as the transfer window loomed and Sane neared a return to training - but the timescale of his rehabilitation is likely to mean he will stay with City until the end of the season.

Another player who has been a big miss for City is centre-half Aymeric Laporte, who has been sidelined since undergoing knee surgery in September.

City's defence has struggled in the France international's absence, with Fernandinho having filled in as a makeshift centre-half, while neither John Stones nor Nicolas Otamendi have really nailed down a place alongside the Brazilian.

However, Laporte is back in training with City's first team and is expected to return to action in the next few weeks.

The imminent returns of Laporte and Sane could be timely for City's silverware ambitions this season.

While defending the Premier League title now looks to be too much of an uphill task for City, they face Manchester United in the Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday, host Fulham in the fourth round of the FA Cup on January 25, and resume their Champions League bid away to Real Madrid on February 26.

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