Manchester City have been dealt with a big blow as defender Aymeric Laporte has been sidelined for a month with an hamstring injury.
Laporte who has already missed five months of the season with knee ligament
damage, was forced off in the first-half of City’s 2-1 Champions League win at Real Madrid .
The news was disclosed by Pep Guardiola during his press conference ahead of their
Carabao Cup final for the return leg against Madrid at the Etihad on March 17.
When asked to give an update on Laporte’s fitness, the Spaniard said:
“Hamstring injury, [the] prognosis is normally three weeks to one month, more or less.
“We tried to avoid it but unfortunately it has happened after four or five months, when you go directly at demanding games, sometimes it can happen.”
The France international is unlikely to feature in the Manchester derby on March
8 and is also a doubt for the return leg against Madrid at the Etihad on March 17.
The hamstring injury has also ruled him out of Sunday’s Carabao Cup final showdown against Aston Villa at Wembley.
Aymeric Laporte has become an important player in the heart of Manchester City team ever since he joined them from Atletico Bibao.