Leroy Sane: Manchester City winger out for six weeks with ankle ligament injury

Leroy Sane
Sane has played 33 games for Manchester City in all competitions this season

Manchester City forward Leroy Sane has been ruled out for up to six weeks with ankle ligament damage suffered in his side’s FA Cup win at Cardiff on Sunday.

The Germany winger, 22, was injured in a challenge by Cardiff’s Joe Bennett and was substituted during the 2-0 win.

Sane has scored 11 goals and produced 14 assists for City this season.

He is now expected to miss the EFL Cup final against Arsenal and both legs of City’s last-16 Champions League tie against Basel.

A six-week absence would also see him miss Premier League games against West Brom, Burnley, Leicester, Arsenal and Chelsea and an FA Cup fifth-round tie at Wigan.

City manager Pep Guardiola urged referees to “protect” players following the incident, but Cardiff boss Neil Warnock said such tackles should be expected in English football.

“What can I say? In my experience, English football is not like that. He is more experienced than me,” the Spanish manager said in a news conference on Wednesday.