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Man City loses Laporte in clash with Real Madrid due to injury

Sat 29 February 2020 | 7:30

As Pep Guardiola confirmed on Friday, defender, Aymeric Laporte, will probably be out for about a month due to injury to his hamstring and definitely will not be ready for the clash against Real Madrid.

French defender, Aymeric Laporte, is set to be out for about three or four weeks due to a pulled-hamstring injury, meaning that he will be definitely missing he Champions League last-16 second leg against Real Madrid.

After pulling his hamstring in a collision with Karim Benzema at the Santiago Bernabeu only 33 minutes into the match against Real Madrid, Laporte had to be replaced by Fernandinho and leave the pitch.

Although Laporte was injured and out, Man City went on to win the match 2-1 and gave themselves a significant boost for the upcoming second-leg match in Manchester on March 17 in which Laporte will not probably play.

Speaking at a news conference on Friday ahead of Sunday's EFL Cup final against Aston Villa, Guardiola said: "[It's a] hamstring injury, so prognosis will be normally three weeks, one month, more or less.

"We tried to avoid it but unfortunately, it's happened. After four or five months, to go directly into demanding games, sometimes it happens."

It is another blow for the injury-plagued Laporte, who has already missed a chunk of the season.

The former Athletic Bilbao centre-back was sidelined with a serious knee injury in August and only made his return on January 21 against Sheffield United.

"It's tough but we have to overcome this situation. Life is not easy. Always in this world the people who survive are those who overcome the bad moments," added Guardiola.

"It is what it is. If you think 'I am an unlucky guy', you will not improve. Accept it, work harder to come back in the best condition possible."

No doubt Laporte is a key player to Man City and is widely regarded as their most consistent centre-back, having played 35 times as they won the Premier League title last season.

On top of the EFL Cup final and the visit of Madrid, Laporte is expected to miss the Manchester derby and the trip to Chelsea, which are scheduled either side of the Champions League contest.

An FA Cup clash with Sheffield Wednesday and Premier League meeting with Burnley should also come too soon for Laporte, though he could be in contention again by the time Liverpool visit the Etihad Stadium on April 5.


source: SportMob