Guardiola confirms Sane absence
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Leroy Sane will miss the EFL Cup final against Arsenal because of his ankle ligament injury.
The Citizens confirmed on Monday that the 22-year-old Germany international was facing a spell on the sidelines having been the victim of a late challenge by Cardiff City defender Joe Bennett during City's 2-0 FA Cup fourth round victory on Sunday.
Sane had to be replaced at half-time of the game and scans later revealed that he had suffered damage to his ankle ligaments.
No timescale on his return was given, but Guardiola has now revealed that the £37 million signing from Schalke in summer 2016, is facing 'six, seven weeks out'.
It means Sane will miss the Wembley clash against Arsenal in the EFL Cup final on 25th February, both legs of City's Champions League last-16 tie against Basel on 13th February and 7th March, while he will also be absent for the league fixtures against West Brom, Burnley, Leicester City, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Guardiola also hit back at suggestions from Cardiff boss Neil Warnock that players should expect tough tackles in English football.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday's Premier League home game against West Brom, the Spanish tactician added: "He has more experience than me about English football, if he says that what can I say?
"I've been here 18 months and I don't think football is like this. That's my personal view."
City are 3/10 to win the EFL Cup without Sane, while Arsenal are available at 13/5 to lift the trophy next month.
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