Cape Town - Manchester City are hopeful defender Aymeric
Laporte will make a quicker-than-expected return from a knee injury, at
the start of February.
The Manchester City and France central defender has been out of
action since he damaged the cartilage and meniscus in his right knee in
the 4-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion at the beginning of
Laporte had established himself as one of the best defenders in the
Premier League since his £57 million transfer from Athletic Bilbao in January
He had also just been called up by France boss Didier Deschamps for
the first time when he suffered his injury heartbreak, which was
scheduled to keep him sidelined until mid-March.
The powerful 25-year-old, however, is now working daily at City's
Football Academy complex and making 'better than expected' progress.
It is understood Laporte is now able to jog and is at stage two of
his recovery, having already built up the surrounding muscle in his knee
There is a growing feeling with his doctors that the Basque man can
commence ball work next month and then be introduced back into the main
group of players early in the new year.
That will be music to the ears of City boss Guardiola, who has seen
his defence struggle without Laporte, even preferring to utilise veteran
midfielder Fernandinho, rather than rely on the slipshod efforts of
Argentina central defender Nicolas Otamendi.
The current Premier League champions slipped nine points behind
leaders Liverpool following their 3-1 defeat to the Kopites, with their
makeshift rearguard proving to be the main difference between the two
City fans were buoyed to see Laporte on the bus which travelled to
Anfield, with the player also wanting to lend his support and is
confident he will now be back playing quicker than anticipated.
- TeamTalk Media