Manchester City winger Leroy Sane lucky to escape serious injury after awful tackle by Milan Pavkov in Germany’s draw with Serbia
Manchester City winger Leroy Sane limped off during the final minutes of Germany‘s friendly draw with Serbia following a horror challenge by Milan Pavkov.
Red Star Belgrade striker Pavkov was shown a straight red card after planting the bottom of his boot onto Sane’s left ankle in stoppage time.
Sane looked in serious pain and left the field moments later, with onlookers fearing the worst.
Leroy Sane (No 19) was on the receiving end of an awful challenge from Serbia’s Milan Pavkov
Pavkov planted the bottom of his foot onto Sane’s left ankle during a 1-1 draw on Wednesday
Serbia striker Pavkov was issued with a straight red card by Scottish referee Bobby Madden
But Germany coach Joachim Low said after the match that Sane would be fit to face Holland in Sunday’s Euro 2020 qualifier.
‘It was a vicious foul,’ added Low. ‘Sane was lucky and got away with not getting hurt but such fouls can break bones.’
Germany, watched by a crowd of 26,101 at Wolfsburg’s Volkswagen Arena, fell behind on 12 minutes when Luka Jovic opened the scoring.
Marco Reus set up Leon Goretzka to equalise midway through the second half, but Germany were unable to find a winner.
The man in charge of the match was Scottish referee Bobby Madden, who has now dished out 10 red cards and 91 yellows in 36 games this season.
Manchester City winger Sane was tended to by German medical staff on the pitch in Wolfsburg
Sane appeared to be hurt and there were fears that he may have sustained a serious injury
But Joachim Low, pictured (centre) comforting Sane, said that the winger will be fit for Sunday