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Sané out with new knee injury

Published:Wednesday | September 30, 2020 | 12:12 AM
Bayern Munich’s Leroy Sane (left) and  Hoffenheim’s Stefan Posch  challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga match between TSG 1899 
    Hoffenheim and Bayern 
       Munich in Sinsheim, 
           Germany, Sunday, 
               September 2
Bayern Munich’s Leroy Sane (left) and Hoffenheim’s Stefan Posch challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Bayern Munich in Sinsheim, Germany, Sunday, September 27, 2020.

MUNICH (AP):

Bayern Munich forward Leroy Sané will miss around two weeks because of a new injury to the same knee he injured at Manchester City last season, coach Hansi Flick said yesterday.

Flick said Sané won’t be available at least until the end of the upcoming international break because of the damaged capsule in his right knee joint. “We hope that after the international break he will back with us,” Flick said.

Sané injured an anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last season while playing for Manchester City, causing him to miss almost the entire 2019-20 campaign.

Sané will not be able to feature today in the Super Cup game against Dortmund and on Sunday in the Bundesliga game against Hertha Berlin, and likely also Germany’s Nations League matches against Ukraine and Switzerland, and a planned Germany friendly against Turkey on October 7.

Bayern’s first game after the break is a postponed German Cup game on October 15 against fifth-tier Düren.

Sané has started all three of Bayern’s games since signing from City – scoring on his debut against his former club Schalke – and also two games for Germany against Spain and Switzerland this month. Sané last played on Sunday for 73 minutes in Bayern’s 4-1 defeat to Hoffenheim, which ended a 32-game unbeaten run.

Flick said David Alaba was also an injury doubt ahead of the Dortmund game with an unspecified muscle problem.

Bayern have struggled with a packed schedule, not helped by last week’s UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla, in which Bayern played 120 minutes to win 2-1. Flick said the club was considering more signings for extra depth before the transfer window closes on Monday.

Dortmund said winger Jadon Sancho and goalkeeper Roman Bürki would miss the game against Bayern because of respiratory tract infections. Both have tested negative for the coronavirus, the club added.