- Pep Guardiola says Aymeric Laporte is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines
- Laporte suffered a serious knee injury in Manchester City’s win over Brighton
- The diagnosis means Laporte could be out of action until January or February
Pep Guardiola has revealed Aymeric Laporte will be out of action for up to six months
Laporte was stretchered off during Manchester City’s victory over Brighton on August 31
It was thought Laporte would be back by Christmas but he could now be out until February
Pep Guardiola has revealed that Aymeric Laporte could be out of action for Manchester City for up to six months with a knee injury, but Leroy Sane may return as early as December.
Laporte has undergone surgery to repair the lateral cartilage in his right knee after he was injured against Brighton before the international break.
The Frenchman was initially ruled out for the remainder of the year, but Guardiola believes it may be even longer.
‘Long. Five or six months,’ said the City boss. ‘January or February maybe, next year sure.’
Sane returned to City this week to start his rehabilitation after having an operation in Innsbruck on the ruptured ACL in his right knee sustained in the Community Shield against Liverpool last month.
The Germany winger could also be sidelined until February, but Guardiola has not ruled out the possibility of him being back this year.
He added: ‘He’s back before the end of the season – December, January, February – could be perfect. The surgeon told me it was perfect. He’s here with us, making his rebab. Hopefully he comes back well and we’ll see.’
City have a ready-made replacement for Laporte after it was confirmed that John Stones is fit to return at Norwich on Saturday after missing the last three games with a thigh injury.
‘He’s good,’ said Guardiola. ‘He trained good and is in my thoughts.’
The City boss confirmed that Ilkay Gundogan has trained after missing Germany’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Northern Ireland through illness, while Gabriel Jesus is fit after a hamstring injury.
Benjamin Mendy is also close to a comeback after two years disrupted by knee injuries.
‘He’s good and he’s training,’ added Guardiola. ‘Everything is going well.
‘The knee is reacting well and hopefully in the next games he can be part of it. After what’s happened we have to be careful. Training is one thing and another thing is high competition.’