Manchester City’s 4-0 win over Brighton on Saturday was both bitter and sweet. Sweet because they won, and bitter because its first choice defender Aymeric Laporte got a serious knee injury. Laporte collided with Adam Webster, Brighton’s defender so bad that he could not last beyond the first half.
The defender joined the club in January 2018, after an expensive transfer that took a £57m deal with Athletic Bilbao. The 25-year-old is probably not a so popular player but that is was what it took Pep Guardiola to sign him up, who since then assumed the space of a number one defender.
The injury comes as a blow for the player who after finally making it to the Didier Deschamps’ France Squad (ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifiers) will now be forced to withdraw.
Fortunately however is that the club’s statement confirmed that Laporte’s knee surgery was successful. The write up also highlights that the other players wish their teammate a speedy recovery. According to Dr. Ramon Cugat, the surgeon who worked on the player, the operation went on smooth and without any hitches.
Laporte had made 35 appearances in the Premier League last season. With the injury still healing however, he will be sidelined this season which is quite a blow for City. Vincent Kompany’s return to RSCA does not make it any easier for Guardiola either.
Although City’s boss has three senior defenders, his best shot currently is Nicholas Otamendi since John Stones is also nursing a thigh injury. In Gary Neville’s opinion, Guardiola should have been keen on signing up United’s Harry Maguire who could have substituted Laporte perfectly.
Aymeric who is an excellent center-back has left a big void for the reigning champs, leaving us with only one choice, to pray for his prompt return.