Cape Town - Leroy Sane made progress in his
recovery from long-term injury as he returned to Manchester City's
first-team training on Monday.
Germany international Sane has been sidelined since suffering knee
ligament damage during the first half of City's Community Shield triumph
over Liverpool in August, meaning he has not made a competitive
appearance for the club since last season's FA Cup final victory over
The 23-year-old's fitness issues started what has been an
injury-ravaged campaign for the Citizens, with defender Aymeric Laporte
also suffering a serious knee problem, while the likes of John Stones,
Sergio Aguero, Oleksandr Zinchenko, David Silva, Rodri and Gabriel Jesus
have all spent time or are currently on the treatment table.
However, the news does now appear to be more positive on the injury
front, with Sane taking to social media on Monday to confirm his return
City boss Pep Guardiola has previously stated that he expected Sane
to return to competitive action in the new year and that timescale would
appear to fit, provided the former Schalke player does not suffer any
Sane was heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich during the
summer before his injury appeared to scupper any potential transfer.
The Bavarians could now renew their interest in the winger, with his return to action seemingly imminent.
City will want to keep hold of the 2017-18 PFA Young Player of the
Year, who has scored 25 goals and provided 28 assists in just 89 Premier
League appearances since arriving at the Etihad Stadium in 2016.
Sane's return could also prove timely for City, who are looking to
close the gap on league leaders Liverpool, while they are also set to
face Real Madrid in the knockout stages of the Champions League early
- TeamTalk Media