Central defender Aymeric Laporte is
ready to play again after recovering from a hamstring injury picked up
against Real Madrid in the Champions League.
The Manchester City and France central defender was expected to be on
the treatment table for at least five weeks and was ready to write off
the rest of his campaign.
But club insiders have revealed Laporte returned to training last
Tuesday and is ready to make himself available to manager Pep Guardiola,
should the Premier League home clash against champions-elect Liverpool
get the green light to proceed on 5 April.
The Catalan tactician arranged the session after the Citizens'
Premier League game at home to Arsenal was postponed amid news some of
their staff at the Emirates had been exposed to the coronavirus.
Laporte came through the entire hour and sources close to the player
have stated he has continued to improve during the current footballing
The 25-year-old sustained a cruciate knee ligament injury at the
start of the season and his absence during the campaign has proved a
huge miss for Guardiola's team as they have been unable to mount a
serious challenge to runaway leaders Liverpool.
Laporte has managed just four games since then and limped off in
three of those, sparking fears the classy Frenchman had been rushed back
The former Athletic Bilbao man, however, has merely listened to his
body at the slightest indication of any muscle strains, which can
invariably happen after such a long lay off.
Laporte's availability could yet prove a massive boost to the
Manchester giants, who still have a potential return game to come
against Madrid, plus an FA Cup sixth-round tie away to Newcastle United,
having already retained the League Cup trophy for a third successive
year earlier this month with victory over Aston Villa at Wembley.
- TEAMtalk media