Leroy Sane ruled out of Germany's opening match with Japan

Germany winger Leroy Sane has been ruled out of his side's opening match of the World Cup against Japan with a knee injury.

AFP , Tuesday 22 Nov 2022,
Germany s forward Leroy Sane looks to shoot the ball during a friendly football match between Oman and Germany at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex stadium in Muscat on November 16, 2022. AFP

The German Football Association (DFB) confirmed the Bayern Munich forward's absence via Twitter on Tuesday.

The former Manchester City winger missed training on Tuesday, Germany's final training session before the Japan fixture on Wednesday.

The DFB has not given details on the nature of Sane's injury.

Sane came into the World Cup in good form for Bayern, having scored ten goals in 19 games in all competitions this season, along with six assists.

The remainder of manager Hansi Flick's 26-man Germany squad trained on Tuesday and are eligible for selection in the match-day side.

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