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Report: City’s Laporte in Barcelona to see knee surgeon

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Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte is in Barcelona to see a knee surgeon following his injury in this weekends Premier League game.

According to the Mirror, Aymeric Laporte has already flown to Barcelona to see knee surgeon Dr. Ramon Cugat.

It is feared the central defender will be out for months with an injury similar to that sustained by City winger Leroy Sane.

Dr. Cugat is the knee specialist, and surgeon of Pep Guardiola’s choice and has treated City stars Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, and Benjamin Mendy.

According to the Manchester City official club website mancity.com, Pep Guardiola said of the injury after this weekends game:

“I think he’s gone to hospital.”

“It doesn’t look good. I don’t know right now what he has done, but we will know tomorrow.”

“We’ll see. They’re diagnosing what he has right now. I’m waiting for the doctor to call me. He might be out for a while.”

If surgery is done, Laporte will undoubtedly be out until the new year. This is not something that City are prepared for.

They allowed Vincent Kompany to leave this summer, but never signed a replacement. Nicolas Otamendi is the only fit centre-back currently on the books. John Stones is recovering from injury, but not 100% yet.

City had to deploy midfielder Fernandinho to centre-back, when Laporte was stretchered off, when asked about using him there in the future, he added:

“I don’t know. He’s a holding midfielder and everyone knows that. Me included.

“But I think he has the qualities to play at centre-back. He’s intelligent, he’s fast, he’s strong and he can head the ball.”

“He can see what’s happening in front of him. He can play in both positions.”

Laporte had just been given his first call up by France National team manager Didier Deschamps. Deschamps is also without midfield talisman Paul Pogba due to injury.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 31: Aymeric Laporte of Manchester City receives medical treatment during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Brighton & Hove Albion at Etihad Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)