While the 2019-20 campaign hasn't gone according to plan for Pep Guardiola and Manchester City, some good news has arrived for the club from Germany. Yup, we're talking about Leroy Sane.
Unfortunately, the 24-year-old attacking midfielder tore his ACL in the Community Shield win over Liverpool back in August. However, the man is itching to get back on the pitch and make a difference for his club.
Before play was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sane had made an appearance with the youth team as part of his fitness recovery. Now, he's ready to kick things up a notch.
“After being injured for such a long time I didn’t want to jump straight back in again, but rather take the time that my body needed," Sane said in an interview with the German FA website this week. "That’s why I suggested that I should play for the youth team first so that I could get used to the speed of the game step by step.
“Lots of people were surprised but for me it was the logical first step to make - that’s what I planned to do from the start and what I told the coach."
Should play resume this season, Sane could very well make his return to the first team now that his knee is getting closer and closer to 100 percent.
While he'll need more training sessions with the club in order to make sure he's good to go, he'll be ready to hit the ground running when he can.
"I've never had such a long injury before,” Sane said in his interview. “It wasn’t an easy time for me but I learned a lot of things, such as being patient. The body needs time after such an injury."