Manchester City announced on Thursday that its winger Leroy Sane will undergo surgery to fix a ligament tear in his right knee.
“Manchester City FC can confirm that Leroy Sane has damaged the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee,” the Premier League champions said in a statement.
Notably, the 23-year-old flying winger picked up an injury in the opening stages of City’s Community Shield triumph over Liverpool at Wembley Stadium.
The club said that Sane has undergone extensive testing during the last few days and “will have surgery in the coming week”.
“Manchester City will provide Leroy with all the support and guidance he needs, and everyone connected with the club wishes him a quick and full recovery,” the statement added.
The club did not say the estimated duration of Sane’s absence.
Sane joined City in August 2016 and was linked to a move back to Germany’s giant Bayern Munich this summer.
Sane’s Brazil and City teammate, midfielder Fernandinho also prayed for his friend’s quick recovery.
“Get well soon bro… We will be waiting for you! Take care of yourself,” wrote Fernandinho on Twitter.
Get well soon bro… We will be waiting for you! Take care of yourself 🙏🏾👊🏾 pic.twitter.com/kGD8kwJ1aY
— Fernandinho (@fernandinho) August 8, 2019
See some more tweets:
My brother. 💙 I know this too well unfortunately.. It’s a long and difficult path that I know you will go through. And I also know you will shine even brighter after that. Keep your head high as always. Love u bro 💙 @LeroySane19 pic.twitter.com/kFTD58WMrv
— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) August 8, 2019
— Nicolas Otamendi (@Notamendi30) August 8, 2019