Saturday, January 23, 2021

Man City’s Leroy Sane provides injury update after a vicious tackle by Milan Pavkov

Sane has been an important player for Guardiola and his absence could derail chances of City progressing in Premier League and Champions League.

Leon Goretzka spared Germany’s blushes as Joachim Low’s men salvaged a 1-1 friendly draw with Serbia on Wednesday, their first game of a so-called new era without Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller. Low shocked German football earlier this month when announcing the World Cup-winning trio were no longer in his plans, and while Goretzka’s goal avoided defeat in Wolfsburg, the defensive performance suggested Hummels and Boateng could still be of use. The hosts coped better with Serbia’s ability on the break in the final 30 minutes and were deserving of their equalizer courtesy of Goretzka, though they were unable to find a winner despite the late dismissal of Milan Pavkov. However, the highlight of the match was Pavkov’s late tackle on Leroy Sane. The German was quickly substituted following the tackle. The Manchester City winger has given an injury update.

Germany boss Joachim Low has slammed Milan Pavkov’s late tackle on Leroy Sane as “vicious”, though the manager confirmed that the Manchester City winger had escaped serious injury. The tackle from Pavkov came in second-half stoppage time of Germany’s clash with Serbia and left Sane on the pitch in obvious pain, leading to fears that a serious injury to his ankle may have been suffered in the challenge. Germany claimed a 1-1 draw in their friendly clash in Wolfsburg, as Leon Goretzka netted to pull the home side level after Luka Jovic’s opener, with Pavkov sent off three minutes into stoppage time for his challenge on Sane.

And while the former Schalke star has seemingly walked away without lasting damage, his manager was irate with Pavkov’s reckless challenge. “It was a vicious foul,” he said after the match. “Sane was lucky and got away with not getting hurt, but such fouls can break bones.” Sane, who was not part of Germany’s 2018 World Cup squad, left the pitch after the knock but has made it clear that he is okay and is looking forward to Sunday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against the Netherlands. The 23-year-old provided an update after the game and quelled fears that he might be facing time on the sidelines: “The foul looked worse than it was, everything is fine with my ankle. We had a few good moments but we have to deliver more. I try to push the team forward. We are looking forward to Sunday.”

Author’s Take:

The news will undoubtedly come as a great relief to Blues boss Guardiola, who spoke about his fears of his star players getting injured while on international duty ahead of a hectic month of fixtures in April.

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