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Blow for Man City as Sane limps out of Community Shield

Manchester City suffered an injury blow when Leroy Sane was forced off in the opening stages of their Community Shield match against Liverpool.

The Germany international appeared to injure his ankle following a challenge from Reds defender Trent Alexander-Arnold at Wembley.

Sane received extensive treatment from the City physios but couldn't continue and was replaced by Gabriel Jesus with just 13 minutes played.

The 23-year-old was named in City’s starting line-up by Pep Guardiola despite intense speculation about his future at the Premier League champions.

The winger has won six major trophies with City, including two league titles, since joining from Schalke in 2016.

However, he found regular playing time hard to come by towards the back end of last season sparking speculation he could move on this summer.

He still managed 10 goals and 11 assists as City claimed the domestic treble, but he started just three of City’s final 12 matches in all competitions.

Bayern Munich have been linked with a move for the former Schalke winger with speculation gathering pace in recent days

The German giants were forced to publicly deny claims a deal had been reached after German media reported earlier this week that they had agreed to pay around €100 million (£91m/$110m) for Sane.

The reported fee would have been a Bundesliga record, as would the €20 million a year some outlets reported Sane would receive as salary on a proposed five-year deal.

Bayern head coach Niko Kovac was also forced to apologise to City boss Guardiola, Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic after he said he was ‘confident’ a deal would get done.

However, speaking ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield Guardiola gave Bayern hope that a deal could be done, hinting that he would be willing to let Sane leave if he wanted to move.

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