Pep Guardiola has confirmed the severity of the Germany international’s ligament injury, with the winger set to miss the Carabao Cup final

Leroy Sane will be out of action for six to seven weeks, Pep Guardiola has confirmed.

Sane suffered ankle ligament damage in a tackle by Joe Bennett as the Premier League leaders won 2-0 at Cardiff City in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Guardiola initially indicated Sane would be out for “a while”, with City unable to confirm a timescale in a statement released on Monday.

But in a news conference on Tuesday, the City boss ruled Sane out of the Carabao Cup final, with the winger potentially missing both legs of the club’s last-16 Champions League tie against Basel.

“He’s injured,” Guardiola told reporters. “It will be six or seven weeks out.”

Bennett apologised for the tackle, which forced Sane into a half-time substitution, but after the cup tie Cardiff boss Neil Warnock suggested challenges from his players were par for the course in English football.

Asked to respond to Warnock’s comments, Guardiola could not agree with the 69-year-old’s assessment.

“He has more English football experience than me so if he says that, what can I say,” Guardiola added.

“I was here 18 months and I think English football is not like this. After 18 months, my view is that English football is not like this.

“But Neil has more experience than me. He has had all his career here.”


Manchester City 3 Newcastle 1: Sergio Aguero’s perfect hat-trick seals win as City dominate

Manchester City chose to withdraw from the race to sign Alexis Sanchez this week after balking at the spiralling cost of the deal but that blow must have been softened in the knowledge that they still have Sergio Aguero to fall back on.

As options go, it isn’t a bad one, is it? Pep Guardiola was hoping for a reaction, not just to City’s first domestic defeat of the season at Anfield last Sunday, but from Aguero, too, in response to the realisation that the responsibility of leading the line will continue to rest heavily on his shoulders. The City manager got both.


Man Utd’s deal to sign Alexis Sanchez worth around £180 million as they offer him £14m a year after tax

Manchester United’s breathtaking deal to sign Alexis Sanchez is worth around £180 million after the forward agreed a four-and-a-half-year contract.

Sanchez is now just waiting to find out if Henrikh Mkhitarayn will give the green light on a switch in the other direction to Arsenal, which would trigger his move to Old Trafford.

The 29 year-old will be paid £14m a year after tax – just under £27m a year before tax – to join United, on top of his £30m valuation, £20m signing-on fee, and an agents’ fee worth more than £10m.

That all adds up to around £180m for a player who had entered the final six months of his Arsenal contract and goes some way to explaining why Manchester City walked away from negotiations.

Liverpool vs Manchester City

The big one has arrived.

The Manchester City bandwagon rolls into Anfield this afternoon, as Pep Guardiola’s high-fliers look to extend their remarkable unbeaten record.

A win or a draw would make it 23 games without defeat to start the campaign. City can extend their lead at the top of the Premier League today, but Jurgen Klopp’s Reds will arguably give them their sternest examination yet.

Liverpool won this fixture last season, and having been on the wrong end of a 5-0 shelling when the sides met at the Etihad back in September, revenge will be in the air this time around.

Can the Reds show there is life after Philippe Coutinho? Can Klopp get one over his old adversary? Will Guardiola’s men rise to the latest challenge?

Manchester United are battling rivals City for Alexis Sanchez… but where would the Arsenal star fit in best?

Manchester United have joined the race to sign Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez

Manchester United have sensationally joined the race to sign Alexis Sanchez by tabling an offer in the region of £25million for the Arsenal star.

Rivals City looked to be front-runners for Sanchez and have made a £20m bid of their own for the Chilean, whose Emirates contract runs out at the end of the season, but now face competition from Jose Mourinho‘s side.

But which side of Manchester would Sanchez fit in best? Who would he rather play for out of Mourinho and Pep Guardiola? And what could Arsenal get back in return?  Sportsmail have answered the burning questions as the Manchester clubs prepare to do battle for Sanchez’s signature.

Alexis Sanchez would add to Manchester City team – Kevin de Bruyne

Arsenal accepted a £60m bid from City for the Chile forward, 29, on deadline day in August, but the deal collapsed.

City planned to sign Sanchez for free when his contract expired in the summer but Gabriel Jesus’ two-month absence with a knee injury may expedite a deal.

“If he comes, he will add something to the team,” said the Belgium playmaker.

“He is a very good player,” added the 26-year-old. “Obviously we will see what happens.”

Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal have received no transfers bids for Alexis Sanchez

The Arsenal star is expected to leave the club either in January or when his contract expires in the summer. City have been the frontrunners for Sanchez’s signature ever since the Sky Blues failed with a summer bid to sign the Chilean.

Arsenal had accepted City’s offer for Sanchez, but pulled the plug on the deal on deadline day when Monaco winger Thomas Lemar turned down a move to the Emirates. Wenger has a season-defining game on Wednesday night against Chelsea, but fielded questions about Sanchez’s future at the pre-match press conference.