Sane was replaced at half-time and City manager Pep Guardiola later said he feared he could be "out for a while", possibly a month. While confirming the nature of the injury, City did not put a timetable on a return for Sane, who has scored 11 goals and provided 14 assists in all competitions this season. "I suffered ankle ligament damage, but I think it isn't as bad as it looked," Sane wrote on Twitter. "My rehab will start soon and I'm motivated to be back on the pitch as soon as possible!"
Germany were not happy with Joe Bennett’s tackle on Leroy Sane yesterday! ? pic.twitter.com/KVZA6wiuMw— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) January 29, 2018
Guardiola was furious about the challenge, and about a later one by Bennett on Brahim Diaz, and went onto the field after the final whistle to complain to referee Lee Mason. Bennett was shown a second yellow for his challenge on Diaz. Guardiola later called for referees to do more to protect players from bad challenges.
Thanks for all your messages yesterday and today! I suffered ankle ligament damage, but I think it isn't as bad as it looked. ? My rehab will start soon and I'm motivated to be back on the pitch as soon as possible! ?⚽? #inSané #LS19 @ManCity pic.twitter.com/WQCpdFrgjOJanuary 29, 2018
"I said many times the only thing they (referees) have to do is protect the players," he said. "It happened once with Leroy, then it happened with Brahim again at the end. "So for the football in general, and for the players who are the artists, they must do that. That's why we are all here."
"Referees have to protect, not just mine, all players."Pep Guardiola says Leroy Sane could be out for a month.https://t.co/LKcIbd9uBz pic.twitter.com/ve8WnzXp49 — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 28, 2018
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