Manager Pep Guardiola has revealed that Aymeric Laporte is getting close to a return to full training with the rest of the Manchester City squad. The outstanding center-back has been out of action since suffering a serious anterior cruciate ligament damage during City’s 4-0 win over Brighton back in August. His absence left the team shorthanded at the back with the team suffering as a result.
But, in what will come as good news to City fans, Guardiola has revealed that the 25-year-old, who has already started light training alone will resume full training with the rest of the squad in the next “one week or 10 days.”
His return should bring some stability to City’s back line. Having already let in almost double the number of league goals title rivals Liverpool have conceded midway into the campaign, his return is a welcome development. The Frenchman will definitely shore things up at the back and help the team perform better moving forward.
Although the Premier League title is as good as gone with City lagging 14 points behind Liverpool (who also have a game in hand), he would prove vital in other competitions. City face Spanish giants Real Madrid in the Round of 16 of the Champions League. The serial European champions are on the rise again under Zinedine Zidane. Therefore, Laporte’s quality will be very useful for City. With Leroy Sane also back, the Sky Blues will be hugely boosted heading into the season-defining doubleheader.
For now, the focus must be on finishing strongly in the Premier League while also defending the Cup competition trophies. High-flying Everton needs to be put to the sword in the next game to build some momentum. After Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United ran away with a surprise 2-1 victory over City when the two sides met at the Etihad Stadium, the team must bounce back to get one over the Red Devils in the upcoming League Cup encounter.