The former Manchester City winger has played just 24 minutes of competitive action in the past 12 months after suffering an ACL injury during the opening ties of the 2019 Community Shield against Liverpool at Wembley.

Leroy Sane has had a ‘difficult year’

Bayern Munich player Leroy Sane says he is still somehow from full fitness after admitting he has gone through a “difficult year.” The former Manchester City winger has played just 24 minutes of competitive action in the past 12 months after suffering an ACL injury during the opening ties of the 2019 Community Shield against Liverpool. Sane was on the verge of making a comeback when the Premier League was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic in March. He did not perform again until June when he came on a late substitute against Burnley in City’s opening match. Three days before the game, City coach Pep Guardiola confirmed that Sane had turned down an offer for a new deal at Etihad Stadium, making it almost inevitable.

Sane is 80 percent fit

So it was no surprise when Sane completed the move to Bayern sometime later in a deal worth an initial €49 million. Putting the pen on paper for a five-year contract with the Bundesliga giants. The former Schalke striker admits he has had a difficult time over the past 12 months. Still, he feels he has become a better footballer and individual for the experience. “First there was the cruciate ligament fracture, then the coronavirus situation and, in the end, the departure to Bayern Munich. It was a difficult year, but very good to get to know me better personally,” he told reporters. When asked about his suitability, Sane added: “I think I am 80 percent. Games and rhythm are missing.

Leroy Sane has now linked up with the Germany team for their Nations League ties against Spain and Switzerland. Sane earned the last of his 21 caps for Germany, in an 8-0 win against Estonia. So the 24-year-old is thrilled at the prospect of pulling his white jersey again. “Everyone is pleased to come together again and play for the national team, Sane said. After an international duty, Sane will return to Bayern Munich. There he could make his ambitious debut against his former club Schalke 04.