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Sane’s return to fitness adds to City rotation risk out wide

Our series of articles on Fantasy Premier League assets who are nearing a return to fitness this time looks at Leroy Sane (£9.3m).

The Manchester City winger hasn’t played a single minute of Premier League football this season, having suffered a knee injury back in August 2019.

Speculation continues to surround his future, meanwhile, with a move to Bayern Munich having been mooted for some time.

Out of contract in the summer of 2021, it could be that City seek to recoup some or all of the £37m they originally spent on the winger before his deal expires.

The reigning champions still have ten leagues matches of this season to go, of course, so Sane could well have some part to play in FPL before a possible departure for pastures new.

How much of a contribution he will make is another matter, given the uncertainty of his future and the fact that he hasn’t played a competitive match (if we discount the Community Shield) in over a year.

WHAT IS SANE’S FITNESS LATEST?

It was, indeed, during the Community Shield victory over Liverpool last August that Sane sustained anterior cruciate ligament damage.

The Germany international lasted only 10 minutes of the match at Wembley before falling awkwardly under a challenge from Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.8m), being substituted soon after.

After undergoing surgery on his right knee, Sane’s recovery had progressed well enough for him to be back involved in training in January.

Guardiola has thereafter been cautious with his winger, who didn’t feature at all for the first team before the COVID-19 outbreak halted proceedings in mid-March.

Speaking in February, Guardiola said of Sane’s fitness:

He’s started to train with us, he is still not there. When you have an injury, especially this one for six months, you don’t train for one week and then you immediately you are there. you need to recover, tempo, rhythm, confidence in your knee, don’t think about the injury.

He needs time, it’s not a case of him training and he will then immediately be there, it’s not like an ankle or a muscular injury. This injury, it needs time.

He needs weeks, what’s important is the surgery was perfect and he’s recovering incredibly well, he’ll come back stronger than before but now he needs a little bit time.

Sane did get a run-out for the under-23s at the very end of February, however, lasting 57 minutes of a match against Arsenal’s young-guns.

Shortly before the Manchester derby in Gameweek 29, the City boss added:

He is making big progress but still, he’s not 100% fit. He has to be ready and fit to play official games right now. Maybe that will be good [more under-23s games]. I think weeks and games will be good.

He will feel it first himself because every week he is getting better and after I will try to give him minutes to get back as soon as possible.

Time is something Sane has had plenty of since those quotes from his manager, although reserve games not so.

That said, the fact that the rest of the Citizens’ squad will also have been without a competitive match for three months may level the playing field somewhat.

A day before this article went out (Saturday 30 May), Sane was pictured in full-contact training with his teammates.

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  1. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Not posted in a while and pleased to see a lot of you still having fun on vFPL which is great to see

    See below... how am I shaping up for the season restart? I have FH and WC in hand (and BB), and if the first week back is confirmed as the DGW then it would make sense to use FH then...

    Any other thoughts or changes would be appreciated??

    Henderson Pope
    TAA AWB Saiss Lundstram Lascelles
    Salah KDB Fernandes Sarr Cantwell
    Jimenez Vardy DCL

    0.8 itb

    Thanks all

    1. Ragabolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      The first week back is confirmed to be a DGW. It's debatable whether FH makes sense with little "pre-season" information about the teams.

  2. Baravan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    The ones that are showing to much sensitivity against 'vfpl' are the ones that are saying after 1 month: '' oh should have followed my gut feeling, this site is useless".

    1. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Says the guy who only post because he's doing well in it and like to tell everyone

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Slight problem with my 's' key here 😀

    2. Poseidon.
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      It was one person who doesn’t play vfpl

  3. BNMC
    1 month, 3 days ago

    I have two ideas for what to do in vFPL, can't seem to convince myself which one is better though. Any thoughts?

    A. Sane and Pukki -> Martial and Jimenez
    B. Sterling and Pukki -> Martial and Kane

    1. Ragabolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I like B more

  4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Sancho has 17G & 17A in 27 Bundesliga apps this season

    He only turned 20 two months ago

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Plays on Right Wing too.
      😉

  5. Amey
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Sane return to fitness means, if i play FH in GW 39, Raz will be in my team for sure.

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Same - I’d be going KDB, Kun, Sterling FH for the lolz

      Probably Sterling (c) too

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        I have FH left only. So i am circumspect about playing it in GW 39.
        But if i play it, I'd pass on Aguero for Laporte.
        Kdb Raz Laporte

      2. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Exactly my thinking.

    2. Mweene
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Why would Sane being fit be good for Sterling?1

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        I think when Raz plays on Right Wing he's FPL productivity increase (my observation)

  6. Catenaccio FC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Hello to all out there.
    I just tried to login into the members' area to refresh my brain with what
    has happened the gws before the lockdown and i can't login.
    I read the article regarding the memberships renewal after 1st June
    and i thought that all subscriptions would be extended automatically until the
    end of the season.
    Did i miss something?
    Thanks for reading this.

      1. Catenaccio FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Thanks for responding to me.
        As i said i read the article and it states that " You can rest assured that all season-long memberships will be extended past this date and run until the conclusion of the 2019/20 season."
        Probably i am missing something but i am pretty sure i am not on a month to month basis subscription.
        Anyway thanks for taking the time i guess i will have to clarify the issue by sending an email to support.

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 3 days ago

          No worries.
          Yeah, just mail them and get sorted. You have time in your hand anyways 😉

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Geoff’s on with this, I have flagged this with him for you.

    2. Geoff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I'm taking a look at this now.

      I know it's worked for some, but there are 4 users who can't get in.

      Is anyone else having this problem? If so, please email geoff@fantasyfootballscout.co.uk so I can log it.

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        I'm 'expired' too. Email sent

        1. Geoff
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Nice one thanks

        2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Same for me though I can't be bothered to send an email.

  7. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Only 16 days to go...

    1. Lateriser 12
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Can't wait old friend.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        All being well - we’ll be straight into preparing for GW1 of 20/21 season about 2 weeks after GW47 too - then the euros - could be a solid 13 months of football ahead 🙂

        1. Adam West - Team Serbia for…
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          I look forward to your insightful contributions

  8. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Where did the extra WC rumour originate ?

    1. mad_beer ✅
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      From the mind if someone who didn't have one left.

      1. Rasping Drive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        I think you sum it up quite nicely, sir.

        1. Lateriser 12
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Omg Rasping Drive. Blast from the past.

          1. Rasping Drive
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Hehe. Aye, haven’t posted for a long while. Nice to see you, too, fella

  9. Lateriser 12
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Morning lads. How are we all holding up?

    1. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Good, Lateriser. Looking forward to the restart. Although reading the article, I am a little concerned about my somewhat radical decision to bring in Sané with one of my FTs over the lockdown

      1. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        It is a tricky one. Also with him almost certainly going to Bayern, will Pep give more minutes to long term players?

        1. Rasping Drive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Perhaps; I do think he’ll feature prominently, though. It could be that he will save the long-term players for the CL once they have regained a decent level of match fitness. As always, with Pep, it’s an absolute lottery.

          1. Lateriser 12
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            One I always indulge in. The upside is too high for me to ignore.

            1. Rasping Drive
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              I always really enjoyed owning Sané in the past, so hoping he doesn’t let me down in what could be his final hurrah.

              1. Lateriser 12
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                Good luck with that buddy.

                1. Rasping Drive
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 3 days ago

                  Thanks, and with the rest of your season, too.

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Had a WC team lined up for the last DGW with 5 City/Arsenal players, used my free transfers to get a more balanced team and wallop ... first GW back is the City/Arsenal DGW, talk about a bitter pill 🙂

      But all well, sport is coming back !

      1. Rasping Drive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Ouch, that’s really unfortunate; but good to hear you are keeping positive! What does your team look like now?

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Leno
          Alonso Aurier VVD
          Salah KdB Fernandes Sarr
          Vardy Jimenez DCL
          Martinez Saka C Taylor Cathcart

          1. Rasping Drive
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Looking very strong there and, dare I say it, balanced 🙂

            Love the Alonso pick and Sarr could be gold as well.

            1. Rasping Drive
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              Mine looks like this:

              Pope
              TAA Aurier Saiss
              Mané KDB Sané Fernandez
              Auba Jiménez DCL

              Button Cantwell Taylor Lascelles

              1. Hotdogs for Tea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                strong too ...

            2. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              thanks, it’s all such a lottery

              really slow seeing posts loaded up, thought my team hadn’t loaded up so posted it again

        2. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Leno
          VVD Alonso Aurier C Taylor Cathcart
          Salah KdB Fernandes Sarr Saka
          Vardy Jimenez DCL

      2. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Could still have unlimited transfers.

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          really ? as if it is the first game of the season ? not kept up with things

          1. Lateriser 12
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            It's all speculation at the moment but i won't be surprised to see it.

            1. Rhinos
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              I'd hate it coz means can effectively use 2 chips in one gw(wildcard and bench boost) which is against the rules. Can do that in gw1 too but that strategy is open to everyone whereas this one only to those with chips left

        2. Wild Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          That would be crap and really unfair. Why should they? Everyone has had the same choices and nobody has been given an unfair advantage as things stand. I sorted my team with free transfers during the break, anybody else could have done the same.

          1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            I was too busy running TOTS

            1. Wild Rover
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              😀

  10. Clever Cloggins Mrs Goggins
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Is there any speculation as to what will be the first set of fixtures? Surely they would just continue the same fixtures we left off with or is anyting fair game now?

    1. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Keep trying, you might get the correct thread at the third attempt 😉

      1. Clever Cloggins Mrs Goggins
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Crikey I am rusty at this internet malarkey 😀

    2. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I'd say if they keep the fixtures as they are, give out 2FTs (unless you used one in 38) and have the DGW straight off (which is now confirmed) then that is as close to mirroring the PL situation as can be done and hence the fairest.

      Some people lost City v Arsenal points but might at least be in better shape for the double as some compensation. There is too much bitterness towards slow wilcarders, who were only playing the game as advocated by the site itself. Many have now chucked their DGW players so are getting little advantage in these fresh circumstances anyway.