OH NO!! Tension As Man City Star Defender Set To Miss Many Matches With Injury
Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte is set to miss the rest of 2019 after undergoing surgery on his right knee, leaving the team short of center-back cover for its Premier League title defense and the group stage of the Champions League.
Laporte had the operation in Barcelona on Tuesday after ”damaging his cartilage and lateral meniscus” during the 4-0 win over Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday, City said.
City didn’t give an exact timeframe for Laporte’s absence, but the nature of the injury means he is unlikely to play again until the new year.
”A more detailed prognosis will be provided in due course,” City said Wednesday.
A lengthy absence for Laporte, who was described by City manager Pep Guardiola last week as the ”best left-sided central defender in Europe,” is a major blow to the English champions, who released long-serving captain Vincent Kompany in the offseason and have another center back, John Stones, currently out injured.
That leaves Argentina international Nicolas Otamendi, who was largely overlooked last season, as the main center back available to City.