The Spanish head coach has shown that the German is completely fit and ready to get back on the pitch after recovering from long-term harm.
Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola has verified that Leroy Sane is in line for his first appearance of the 2019-20 effort against Arsenal on Wednesday night.
Sane was struck with an anterior cruciate ligament injury during City’s Community Shield victory over Liverpool back in August 2019.
The German winger has missed the whole season as a consequence, but it seems that he could be back on the pitch just in time to contribute to an attack on two trophy fronts.
City have already wrapped up a third consecutive Carabao Cup victory and are to the latter stages of the Champions League and FA Cup.
Guardiola’s guys are also seeking to consolidate second place in the Premier League, with Liverpool currently holding an unassailable 25-point lead at the top of the standings as they close in on a first name in 30 years.
A win over Arsenal in the Etihad Stadium would visit City close that gap and increase their lead over third-place Leicester to seven points with nine games left to play.
When asked if Sane will be ready to feature against the Gunners, Guardiola told a media conference on Tuesday:”He is training. He’s not hurt.
“We’re going to decide, but he was prepared weeks ago. He is getting better each week.
“I have many ideas [on whether he’ll play]. All great thoughts.”
The Spanish tactician added on the fitness of prized duo Aymeric Laporte and Kevin De Bruyne, who were both forced to sit out Sunday’s derby defeat to Manchester United through trauma: “Let me think. Laporte, Kevin have been training the last two days.
“I don’t know whether they’ll have the ability to play tomorrow. We’ll have another session tomorrow and the remainder will be fine.”
Guardiola will pit his wits against Mikel Arteta in midweek for the first time since his former assistant took over at Arsenal in December.
When asked if he still keeps in touch with Arteta, the City boss responded: “Quite often. He does not need my help. We discuss everything, family, friends, colleagues, how he is settling into the team.
“I was convinced he’d be a supervisor when the chance comes and that was the chance for him.
“His thoughts are already in the group, his positional play is getting better. I am convinced Arsenal will get better.”