Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed the defender Aymeric Laporte will be out for a month with a fresh injury setback.
The French defender limped out of his side’s 2-1 win at the Santiago Bernabéu against Real Madrid on Wednesday night with a hamstring issue with his place taken by Fernandinho with the Brazilian expected to play the same role when they take on Aston Villa in the EFL Cup Final on Sunday.
Addressing the press on Friday, Pep said: “Laporte has a hamstring injury, three weeks out more or less. Unfortunately, this happens after four or five months out.”
It will be a huge blow for Pep with Laporte’s injury as they seek to make it to the last eight of the Champions League at the expense of Real Madrid; the England champions already 2-1 up from their first-leg win at the Bernabeu.
It has been a frustrating season on the injury front for Laporte who only made his comeback last month from the serious knee injury which he sustained earlier in the campaign.
88 - Since the start of 2018-19, Manchester City have conceded a goal every 88 minutes on average in the Premier League when Aymeric Laporte hasn't been on the pitch (including injury time), compared to a goal every 158 minutes when he has been playing. Blow. pic.twitter.com/7yjikr7VEe— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 28, 2020