Pep Guardiola pleads for players’ protection after Leroy Sané injury

• City forward ‘out for a while’ after heavy challenge by Cardiff’s Joe Bennett
• ‘The players are the artists and you have to take care of them’

Pep Guardiola reported that Leroy Sané would be out for a few weeks at least, as he complained about Cardiff City’s overly physical approach in this FA Cup tie on Sunday. Guardiola’s Manchester City won 2-0 to advance into the fifth round and keep alive their hopes of an unprecedented quadruple. But the victory came at a cost.

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