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'Incredibly bad news' - Guardiola on Sane's injury

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Published on August 9, 2019 - Duration: 01:05s

'Incredibly bad news' - Guardiola on Sane's injury

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane faces up to seven months out with a knee injury, manager Pep Guardiola said ahead of Saturday's (August 10) Premier League opener against West Ham United.

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'Incredibly bad news' - Guardiola on Sane's injury

SHOWS: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (AUGUST 9, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER, PEP GUARDIOLA, SAYING: "Is incredibly bad news, because in three seasons we had three ACLs.

He's a young player and hopefully he'll recover well.

He is in the best hands possible in terms of the surgery next week.

All the people here are going to try to help him to be comfortable in the tough moments because after one month, two months, he will feel alone and try to be with him as much as possible and recover as well as possible." 2.

WHITE FLASH 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER, PEP GUARDIOLA, SAYING ABOUT WHO PLAYERS VOTED TO MAKE THE NEW CLUB CAPTAIN: "David Silva will be our captain and Fernandinho, Kevin (De Bruyne) and Sergio (Aguero)." REPORTER: "And what attributes does David have to lead this team?" GUARDIOLA: "Captain has to be what he is.

David knows the club, the Premier League, is incredible, been respectful for his mates and nothing, the decision have to take when they think what is best for the team, for the club, everything is going well." STORY: Manchester City winger Leroy Sane faces up to seven months out with a knee injury, manager Pep Guardiola said ahead of Saturday's (August 10) Premier League opener against West Ham United.

The 23-year-old Germany international damaged the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in City's Community Shield victory over Liverpool on Sunday (August 4), and will undergo surgery next week.

Sane, whose contract expires in 2021, had been linked with a move to German giants Bayern Munich during the close season.

He has been offered an extension but has yet to sign, having struggled to seal a regular starting spot last season.

However, Guardiola was keen to stress that at no point had he entertained thoughts of selling the winger who was named PFA Young Player of the Year in 2017-18.

Guardiola said his Spanish compatriot David Silva would take over as club captain following Vincent Kompany's departure at the end of last season.

New right back Joao Cancelo is unlikely to feature in their league opener having arrived from Juventus on Wednesday (August 7).

Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has signed a three-year contract extension which will keep him at the club until 2023.

Gundogan, who was signed from Borussia Dortmund in 2016 for 25 million pounds ($30.27 million), had one more year on his existing deal before he put pen to paper on the extension this week.

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