Manchester town defender Aymeric Laporte has undergone knee surgery that’s expected to stay the centre-back sidelined for a minimum of a handful of months.
Laporte had been in line to create his international debut with France after his exceptional form for the Premier League champions over the past year was finally rewarded with a primary call-up by Didier Deschamps since March 2017.
However, he was stretchered off late within the half of City’s 4-0 convert Brighton on Saturday after a clash with the visitors’ Adam Webster.
“Aymeric Laporte has undergone surgery on his knee after damaging his cartilage and lateral meniscus during Saturday’s win over Brighton,” City said during a statement while not giving a timeframe for Laporte’s come back.
“The surgery, allotted by Dr Ramon Cugat in Barcelona, was productive and a a lot of elaborated prognosis are going to be provided in due course.”
Should Laporte be absent for a protracted period, he is going to be badly incomprehensible with centre-back one in every of the few positions wherever City don’t seem to be endowed nice strength full.
They didn’t obtain a replacement for departed former captain Vincent Kompany within the summer transfer window and midfielder Fernandinho had to fill that position against Brighton with John Stones additionally sidelined by injury.
However, with town bimanual a favourable Champions League cluster stage draw aboard Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb and Atalanta and not facing ‘top six’ opposition within the Premier League once more till early November, there’s hope Laporte is going to be back for the business finish of the season.
“After productive completion of yesterday evenings surgery, i’d prefer to say thanks for all of your messages of support throughout the previous couple of days. I feel actually honored and so appreciative concerning it,” Laporte denote on Instagram.
“I am unhappy for not having the ability to affix the national team and to not fulfil my dream of creating the debut with Les Bleus.
“I would really like to thank the coach for being therefore auxiliary. From currently on we will begin enumeration down the times to travel back to the pitch.”