Manchester City ace Laporte set for month on sidelines says Guardiola

Manchester City

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed defender Aymeric Laporte could be out of action for up to a month with a hamstring injury.

Laporte was forced off in the first half of Wednesday’s stunning Champions League victory at Real Madrid and is now facing even more time on the sidelines following an injury-ravaged season.

It was just his eighth appearance of the campaign and now, according to Guardiola, he will be out for up to a month, possibly just three weeks, if he can make a speedy recovery.

Guardiola put the injury down to him being out of action for five months and then going directly into a big game against Real.

Laporte suffered knee ligament damage in August and then had a setback on his return in January, keeping him out for a further month. The clash at the Bernabeu was just the third game of his latest comeback.

The Frenchman has been sorely missed this season with his absence arguably one of the chief reasons why the champions have failed to mount a strong defence of their Premier League title.

This latest setback could hamper City’s quest for silverware on other fronts. Laporte will definitely miss this weekend’s Carabao Cup final against Aston Villa and is unlikely to be back for the second leg against Real in three weeks’ time.

He will also miss an FA Cup tie at Sheffield Wednesday as well as a derby against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Guardiola says Laporte will need a strong character to come through his latest lay-off.

The City boss said: “It is tough but they have to overcome these situations. Life is not easy and always in the world the people who survive overcome the bad moments. It is what it is. Accept it and work harder to come back in the best condition as possible.”