Aymeric Laporte is set to miss another month of action after the defender suffered a hamstring injury during Manchester City’s Champions League win in Madrid.
Laporte was substituted during the first half of City’s 2-1 over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in midweek, the Premier League champions putting themselves in control of their last-16 tie as they bid to reach the quarter-finals for a third consecutive season.
The centre-back had only made four appearances since returning from a cruciate knee ligament injury sustained in August, and Pep Guardiola has now confirmed the 25-year-old is set for another spell on the sidelines.
“Three weeks out more or less, a month,” he said. “Unfortunately this happens after four or five months out.
“Life is not easy and always in the world the people who survive are the ones who cope with the bad moments. It is what it is. Accept it, work hard to come back as soon as possible.”
Guardiola revealed more positive news on the fitness of Leroy Sane, the winger having returned to full training and set to feature for the club’s development squad against Arsenal tonight.
The Germany international has not featured since sustaining his own cruciate knee ligament injury during the Community Shield victory over Liverpool, but is set to make his long awaited comeback this evening.
“Leroy Sane is with the EDS (Elite Development Squad) tonight.
“It is always nice to ease back and get a feel for the game. It is incredible that first-team players can join in with academy games for recovery. It is good.”