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Was Leroy Sane’s nosejob the reason behind his World Cup axing?

The Man City winger was a surprise exclusion from Joachim Low's squad and theories behind the decision have already started to circulate

Now here’s a little bit of intrigue for you.

Leroy Sane was surprisingly axed from Germany’s 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia this summer.

Despite his exceptional form for Man City this season, in a campaign which saw him named PFA Young Player of the Year, Joachim Low has decided that the winger hasn’t done enough to make the cut.


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Sane will be watching the action from the sofa this summer

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Sane will be watching the action from the sofa this summer

Is Low’s decision purely based on Sane’s performances, or, is there actually more to this story then it seems?

Media speculation in Germany is suggesting that the winger’s exclusion from the squad is because of nose surgery that he had before last year’s Confederations Cup.

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The operation made Sane unavailable for selection last summer, with the Man City man missing out on Germany’s tournament success.

Sane has stated in the past how a problem with his nose meant he sometimes struggled to breathe during games for City in his first season at the club.

The 22-year-old scored nine goals in his debut season for the Citizens, before a remarkable last campaign, during which he scored 14 goals and contributed 19 assists for Pep Guardiola’s side.

The winger played a crucial part in Man City’s double winning season

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The winger played a crucial part in Man City’s double winning season

“I missed the Confederations Cup because I had to have surgery on my nose,” Sane told ESPN FC.

“I couldn’t really breathe through it, I was working out when I could do it (surgery) and I spoke with the national coach and also Pep Guardiola.

“It was a problem. Some I would feel it during the games, it was really hard to breathe for me, but now it’s fine.”

Someone’s had a haircut

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Someone’s had a haircut

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It could just be that Sane’s poor form of late for Germany is actually the reason behind his exclusion.

The winger has provided just one assist in his last 12 games for Low’s side, scoring no goals.

An uninspiring performance in Germany’s 2-1 friendly defeat to Austria on Saturday was seemingly the final straw in Low’s eyes.

Bayern Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt is expected to take Sane’s place in the side.

Brandt must be some player if he’s keeping out Sane

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Brandt must be some player if he’s keeping out Sane

PSG’s Julian Draxler is also an option to replace Sane in the starting eleven.

Oh well, you’re always welcome to join us down the pub to watch the World Cup, Leroy.


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