Berlin - Manchester
City winger Leroy Sane will undergo surgery and faces a long spell on
the sidelines after suffering cruciate ligament damage, the Premier
League champions confirmed on Thursday.
Sane, 23, was taken off clutching his knee during City's Community Shield win over Liverpool last Sunday.
"Manchester City FC can confirm that Leroy Sane has damaged the
anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee," City said in a statement.
"He has undergone testing throughout the week, with a specialist
doctor travelling to Manchester for further examinations to understand
the extent of the injury.
"Leroy will have surgery in the coming week."
Reports in the German media claim that Sane will be ruled out for
several months, which could end interest in the German international
from Bayern Munich.
Bayern had identified Sane as the primary target in their search for a
long-term replacement for departing club icons Arjen Robben and Franck
Having been slow to move in the transfer window this year, the German
giants are under pressure to make a high-profile signing. Earlier this
week, star striker Robert Lewandowski publicly called on the club to
sign three new players.
The Sane transfer had looked close to completion, with Kicker
reporting last week that terms had been agreed on a €100 million deal.
"The transfer will now have to be reassessed," the magazine wrote on Thursday.