Aymeric Laporte was able to stay for weeks on end after running away in the Manchester City victory over Real Madrid
Aymeric Laporte fears he might miss weeks of action after sustaining a hamstring injury in Manchester City’s victory over Real Madrid … and the defender may miss a major series of games in March
- Aymeric Laporte bumped away after 32 minutes of Man City’s victory over Real Madrid
- The center-back was replaced against Leicester City after hamstring complaint
- Laporte did not return to fitness until January after a serious knee injury
- The Spaniard could miss the Manchester derby and return a collision with Madrid
Aymeric Laporte fears that he will be confronted weeks later after a hamstring problem during the vital victory of Manchester City in Real Madrid.
Laporte was visibly sad when he bumped to the Bernabeu after 32 minutes and club doctors judged the severity of the injury.
Pep Guardiola is not supposed to be focused on details on Wednesday evening, although Sportsmail understands that it is a hamstring injury.
Aymeric Laporte fears that he may be out for weeks after a hamstring injury
Laporte was forced to come after a 32-minute collision with Real Madrid on the Bernabeu
The center back could miss the Manchester derby and the second leg against Madrid in March
The 25-year-old was replaced in Leicester City last weekend after complaining about tightness in the same area before starting the last 16 first Champions League match against the LaLiga giants.
The city will get a big blow when Laporte’s fears are confirmed, with some huge competitions on the horizon.
The Premier League champions are defending their Carabao Cup crown when they meet Aston Villa in Wembley on Sunday, a week later for the Manchester derby.
Laporte only recently returned from a serious knee injury that he sustained in August
The home game against Real Madrid, where City is 2-1 ahead, is only three weeks away on March 17.
A further prolonged absence for their star defender raises the prospect that Guardiola must rely on John Stones, who did not even manage to reach mid-week.
City left the Spanish capital in a lively mood on Thursday afternoon after a light training session in the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium of Atletico Madrid.
The players believed that they showed considerably more determination during this period than in similar games. City responded to Isco’s opener by scoring twice in five minutes to turn the draw upside down and approach the second leg in the box.
Pep Guardiola can be forced to trust John Stones, who has definitely been out of favor
Guardiola’s plan to play Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva as strikers, with Gabriel Jesus on the left of a four-man midfield, destroyed the attacking threat from Zinedine Zidane.
“We will never let the game slip away,” said midfielder Rodri. ‘We have succeeded in doing something that we have missed throughout the season, that persists in bad times, has personality, demonstrates that and does not lose our form or control. They went up 1-0 and we didn’t let the game pass us by.
“They’ve fallen in the last ten minutes, we’ve discovered that, and if the game had lasted a little longer, we would have done more damage.”
But Rodri revealed that Guardiola had warned his players not to be complacent: “He said he respects our opponents, it is not done, we are not ready,” he said.
“We’re not just here to get through the round, but to try and win the Champions League, so we still have to improve.”