Laporte could be out for weeks after suffering hamstring injury
Aymeric Laporte fears he could miss weeks of action after he suffered a hamstring injury in Manchester City’s win over Real Madrid… and defender may miss key run of fixtures in March
- Aymeric Laporte hobbled off after 32 mins of Man City’s win over Real Madrid
- The centre-back was replaced against Leicester City after hamstring complaint
- Laporte only returned to fitness in January after a serious knee injury
- The Spaniard could miss the Manchester derby and return clash with Madrid
Aymeric Laporte fears he faces weeks out after suffering a hamstring problem during Manchester City’s vital victory at Real Madrid.
Laporte was visibly distressed when hobbling off after 32 minutes at the Bernabeu and club doctors are assessing the severity of the injury.
Pep Guardiola would not be drawn on specifics on Wednesday night, although Sportsmail understands it is a hamstring injury.
Aymeric Laporte fears he could be out for weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury
Laporte was forced to come off after 32 minutes of clash with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu
The centre-back could miss the Manchester derby and second leg against Madrid in March
The 25-year-old was substituted at Leicester City last weekend after complaining of tightness in the same area before starting the Champions League last-16 first leg against the LaLiga giants.
City will be dealt a major blow if Laporte’s fears are confirmed, with a number of huge fixtures on the horizon.
The Premier League champions are defending their Carabao Cup crown when they meet Aston Villa at Wembley on Sunday, before the Manchester derby a week later.
Laporte only recently returned from a serious knee injury he sustained back in August
The return home leg against Real Madrid, to which City head into 2-1 up, is only three weeks’ away on March 17.
A further prolonged absence for their star defender raises the prospect of Guardiola having to rely on John Stones, who failed to even make the bench in midweek.
City left the Spanish capital in buoyant mood on Thursday afternoon after a light training session at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
The players believed they showed significantly more resolve than in similar games this term. City reacted to Isco’s opener by scoring twice in five minutes to turn the tie on its head and approach the second leg in the box seat.
Pep Guardiola could be forced to rely on John Stones, who has been firmly out of favour
Guardiola’s plan of playing Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva as strikers, with Gabriel Jesus on the left of a four-man midfield, nullified the attacking threat of Zinedine Zidane’s side.
‘We never let the game slip away from us,’ said midfielder Rodri. ‘We managed to do something that we have lacked all season, which is hold on in the bad moments, have personality, demonstrate that and not lose our shape or control. They went 1-0 up and we didn’t let the game pass us by.
‘They dropped in the last ten minutes, we detected that and if the game had lasted a little longer, we could have done more damage still.’
But Rodri revealed Guardiola has warned his players not to become complacent: ‘He has said to have respect for our opponents, it’s not done, we’re not through,’ he said.
‘We’re not here just to get through the round but to try to win the Champions League so we still need to improve.’
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