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City confirm Leroy Sane blow

City confirm Leroy Sane blow

Manchester City have confirmed winger Leroy Sane suffered ankle ligament damage during the 2-0 FA Cup fourth-round win over Cardiff.

Boss Pep Guardiola called for players to receive more protection after the 22-year-old was injured by a challenge from Cardiff's Joe Bennett, who was shown a yellow card for the tackle and later sent off for a second bookable offence in the Citizens' 2-0 FA Cup fourth round triumph in Wales.

Guardiola said: "The only thing they can do is that - protect the players, because then it would not happen again.

"It happened once with Leroy, then it happened with Brahim (Diaz) again at the end."

While confirming the nature of the injury, the Premier League frontrunners did not put a timetable on a return for Sane, who has scored 11 goals and provided 14 assists in all competitions this season.

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