Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte will be out of action for up to six months due to a knee injury, Pep Guardiola has confirmed.
Guardiola did have some positive injury news at his press conference, however, confirming John Stones is fit to replace Laporte.
Meanwhile, Benjamin Mendy could return from a knee injury in the ‘next few games’, while Leroy Sane is also expected back ahead of schedule.
Here’s everything the Man City boss had to say about that and more ahead of City’s trip to Norwich on Saturday, which is live on talkSPORT:
Aymeric Laporte out for a ‘long’ time in huge blow to City
“It will be long – five or six months, January or February maybe – next year for sure.”
John Stones, Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan all in contention for Norwich clash
“Stones is good. He trained good. Yeah [he’s in my thoughts for Saturday]. Jesus is back too.
“Gundogan had a stomach problem but he trained good in the last two days.”
Benjamin Mendy set for imminent return
“He’s good, he’s training now. I’m delighted because he has been training regularly with us for the last two weeks so hopefully in the next few games he can start to be part of the squad.”
Leroy Sane could be back by the end of 2019
“He’s coming back before the end of the season. He was injured in August so he should be perfect by December, January and February.
“The surgery was good and he’s back now with us making his rehabilitation. Hopefully it will go well.”
Raheem Sterling should ignore comparisons to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
“I am so happy for him for the way he is playing. Hopefully he will not listen to these kind of things, it will be good for him.
“Nobody can compare with Cristiano or Messi. Everything that has happened to him is good because he has an incredible work ethic and is an incredibly nice guy. I am delighted.”
Premier League is not a two-horse race this season
“I’m not a pundit. Every week there are incredible predictions about what will happen.
“We have played four games, which is nothing. Now we start the real competition, we play Saturday, we travel to Ukraine Monday and play Wednesday, we land Thursday afternoon here and Saturday we have the Premier League and then go to Preston.
“The next five games, four are away. Many things can happen, we have had two terrible injuries with Leroy and Aymeric so we will see.
“It is too early to know what is going to happen. Chelsea, United, Arsenal, Tottenham, Leicester, Everton – anything can happen.”
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Here’s what is coming up this weekend…
- Derby vs Cardiff (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2
- Liverpool vs Newcastle (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT
- Fulham vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2
- Tottenham vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2
- Norwich vs Man City (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT
- Huddersfield vs Sheffield Wednesday (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2
- Barnsley vs Leeds (Sunday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT