Pep Guardiola said Manchester City will be without Leroy Sane for a number of weeks following the injury he picked up in the club’s 2-0 FA Cup win against Cardiff.
Sane, 22, was on the receiving end of a nasty challenge from Joe Bennett in the first half and didn’t emerge for the restart.
“He [Sane] will be out for a while – minimum two weeks, three weeks, one month, we will see tomorrow exactly,” Guardiola said.
The manager also wondered if referee Lee Mason neglected his duty of care to the players in a match featuring a number of strong tackles.
“I said many times the only thing [referees] have to do is protect the players.
“I can accept our disallowed goal, I don’t know why but I accept. But please protect the players.
“Not the Man City players, all players. The only thing they can do is that – to protect the players – because it would not happen again.
“It happened once with Leroy, then it happened with Brahim (Diaz) again at the end.
“So for the football in general, and for the players who are the artists, they must do that. That’s why we are all here.”