Cape Town - Leroy Sane could make his first-team
return against Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup fifth round on
Wednesday night at Hillsborough.
The Manchester City and Germany winger suffered no ill-effects after
turning out for the Citizens' Under-23 side in a 4-2 win over Arsenal
Sane managed to complete 57 minutes - his first taste of competitive
action since he suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in the
Community Shield victory over Liverpool at Wembley last August.
He was assessed by the club's medical staff on Monday afternoon and
Pep Guardiola will make a final assessment later on Tuesday before
deciding whether to include the 24-year-old in his squad to take on the
Sane is hopeful of making the substitutes bench and is desperate to
get some more minutes under his belt, with the small matter of a derby
game to come this Sunday against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The flying German has been back in full training for almost three
weeks and his long-awaited return to action will be a massive boost to
City at the business end of the season.
City collected the League Cup trophy for the third consecutive year
in Sunday's 2-1 win over Aston Villa at Wembley, with Sane seen joining
in with the post-match celebrations.
And the Manchester giants currently hold a 2-1 lead over Real Madrid,
ahead of their Champions League round of 16, second-leg tie at the
Etihad later this month.
German giants Bayern Munich will certainly be interested to see if
Sane can quickly recover his top form over the remaining weeks of the
They had lined up a £100m move for the former Schalke starlet before
his injury misery, with suggestions the Bavarians could try their luck
again this summer with a cheeky lower offer in light of Sane entering
the final year of his contract.
- TEAMtalk media