Leroy Sane return to fitness has given Pep Guardiola a selection dilemma ahead of Wednesday night’s restart.
Sane is fully fit after recovering from the serious knee ligaments injury he suffered in the Community Shield back in August and pushing for a place in Guardiola’s squad for Manchester City’s clash with Arsenal at the Etihad.
However Sane’s commitment to City is being questioned because the Germany star has refused the club’s offer of a new contract and has just 12 months left on his existing deal.
The left winger is a long-term target for Bayern Munich and they wanted to sign him last summer before he injured his knee.
That injury, coupled with the coronavirus and his diminishing contract, has impacted on Sane’s value and he is worth significantly less than the £140million City felt he could fetch 12 months ago.
Although the Premier League has gone, City can still win another treble with them well placed in the Champions League and FA Cup and Guardiola must decide what part Sane should play in this bid.
Sane, 24, has been an attacking force for City and he has managed 25 goals and 28 assists in his 89 Premier League appearances.
Former City midfielder Michael Brown feels playing the former Schalke star should be a no-brainier for Guardiola because of what he brings to the team.
“I think he’s been a big miss for Manchester City,” said Brown.
“You see Raheem Sterling coming in off the lines from one side, you’ve seen Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva out in those wide areas, but what Leroy Sane gives you is that pace, that power, that direction.
“He wants to push it past the full-back and get in the wide areas, getting crosses in so he’s certainly been missed.
“I think he’ll be key for Manchester City and Pep Guardiola to give them another option in forward areas.”
Sane played in an 11 v 11 game for Guardiola’s squad at the Etihad at the end of last week and says his injury was the hardest he has had to overcome.
Speaking in April, he said: “It was the hardest and longest injury that I’ve ever had in my career.
“It is difficult, especially the first day after the surgery because you can’t move at all and that’s not something any of us athletes are used to.
“You have to push yourself every day because you know it’s a long rehab.
“But it was a good opportunity to work on weaknesses and that’s why I took it as a chance to recover well and come back strong.”
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