Welbeck comparison gives clue to Laporte lay-off as star has knee op

Date published: Wednesday 4th September 2019 12:35

Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte has undergone successful surgery on the knee he injured at the weekend – but the club are still waiting to learn how long the Frenchman faces on the sidelines.

The 25-year-old centre-back sustained the injury during Saturday’s 4-0 win over Brighton at the Etihad Stadium.

A statement by the Premier League champions on Wednesday said they are still to learn how long he will be out for.

“Aymeric Laporte has undergone surgery on his knee after damaging his cartilage and lateral meniscus during Saturday’s win over Brighton,” said the statement.

“The surgery, carried out by Dr Ramon Cugat in Barcelona, was successful and a more detailed prognosis will be provided in due course.

“Everyone at City wishes Aymeric a full and speedy recovery.”

Danny Welbeck sustained a similar injury while at Arsenal at the end of the 2015/16 season and did not return to action until the following January – missing a total of 239 days and 29 first-team matches during his lay-off.

Laporte injured his knee when fouling Brighton’s Adam Webster. He stayed on the ground and was in clear discomfort before being carried off the pitch on a stretcher.

City boss Pep Guardiola had described the Frenchman as the world’s best left-sided centre-back ahead of the game and his absence will be a blow to the club’s hopes of retaining their Premier League title.

 

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