Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Manchester City star Leroy Sane is expected to miss six to seven months due to a knee injury.
City manager Pep Guardiola revealed the timeline during a news conference Friday. Sane sustained damage to his anterior cruciate ligament during the Sky Blues' penalty kick win against Liverpool in the FA Community Shield final Sunday in London.
Guardiola said the full extent of the injury has yet to be confirmed, but he expects the German winger to be out until February.
"Normally, with this kind of injury -- it's six or seven months," Guardiola said. Hopefully, in February or March, he will come back with us. He played all of preseason and in the Community Shield final.
"It's incredibly bad news. In three preseasons, we have had three ACLs. He is a young player and hopefully, he will recover well."
Guardiola said Sane will be evaluated next week. The back-to-back Premier League champions take on West Ham at 7:30 a.m. EDT Saturday at London Stadium.
Sane had 10 goals and 10 assists in 31 Premier League appearances last season. He signed a five-year contract with the Sky Blues in 2016 after playing for Schalke.