Leroy Sane is set to face a tough spell on the sidelines, as the German forward injured his anterior cruciate ligament and will miss at least half of the upcoming season.
The German was supposed to make a move back to his homeland and join Bayern Munchen, but eventually, the deal fell off as Pep Guardiola kept insisting on using him on a meaningless preseason matchup.
That, according to former Bayern Munchen boss Omar Hitzfeld was beyond "ridiculous," as he slammed both Sane and Pep Guardiola for the way they mishandled the 23-year-old's future:
"I did not find it correct from Sane that he did not announce himself, neither to Bayern nor to Manchester City. I would not have done it, but if your club is about to sign such a big deal, you can not play your player in a rather insignificant game. A player with this injury is injured half a year and then takes half a year to get back," the boss told German outlet Blick, as quoted by Goal.
Leroy Sane was one of Guardiola's go-to-guys earlier in the season but he eventually lost a lot of ground to Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva, so he wasn't mostly featured for most of the second half of the season.
So, the Bavarian club was looking forward to putting an end to his nightmare at the Etihad Stadium and had already agreed on a 100 million fee for his services.
Now, Sane won't be back at his homeland, at least for the time being, nor he will be able to perform for Manchester City due to his injured knee.
Sane and City were reluctant to openly admit that both parties were negotiating for a transfer, even though Bayern Munchen claimed they were bound to sign him, and now, he's bound to miss a lot of time.