Man City struck with a new injury to Aymeric Laporte in the confrontation between Real Madrid Champions League
Manchester City struck with new injury to key man Aymeric Laporte while being forced out in the first half of the Real Madrid Champions League confrontation
- Man City faces Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League
- Main defender Aymeric Laporte was forced out in the first half
- This can affect the odds of Pep Guardiola to get ahead in the tournament
Man City got another injury blow with major defender Aymeric Laporte who was forced out in the first half of their final-16 draw in the Champions League with Real Madrid.
The defender looked devastated when he started limping to be replaced by Fernandinho.
The Frenchman has only recently returned from a serious knee injury he sustained in August, but it seems that he can be put on the sidelines for more time.
The defender seemed devastated when he left the field to be substituted by Fernandinho
The Frenchman only recently returned from a serious knee injury that he sustained in August
The 25-year-old made his comeback in January during City’s 2-0 win over Sheffield United. Since then he played in the victories at West Ham and Leicester City.
Laporte has been a big miss for Pep Guardiola this season. Fernandinho often had to play out of position in the middle half alongside Nicolas Otamendi or John Stones.
The defender was an important part of last season’s title winning game and City looked more vulnerable in his absence.
The club is desperate to make progress in this season’s Champions League after being hit by a two-year ban earlier this month.
But losing Laporte will be a huge blow and left back Benjamin Mendy will also miss the second stage after picking up a yellow card.
As a result, Guardiola could get into a defensive crisis in three weeks.
Losing the defender will be a huge blow and Benjamin Mendy will also miss the second leg
Laporte was an important part of last season’s title winning game and City looks weaker without him
The 25-year-old looked devastated when he started limping to be replaced by Fernandinho