Pep Guardiola decides who’d replace injured Laporte in Manchester City defense


MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: Fernandinho of Manchester City runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton FC at Etihad Stadium on December 15, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Pep Guardiola has decided to field Fernandinho in the Manchester City defense in the absence of injured Aymeric Laporte. 

The Manchester City manager is facing a huge problem as Laporte, one of the pivotal members of his squad, has been ruled out for long-term after undergoing a surgery on his knee.

The French defender started City’s last game against Brighton but was unable to carry on after suffering a knee injury midway through the first half at the Etihad.

A few days after he suffered his injury, City announced on their social media account that Laporte has undergone a surgery, making it clear that it could be a few months before City fans could see the Frenchman back in action for their team

Guardiola makes his decision

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - JULY 27: Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola looks on during the preseason friendly match between Yokohama F.Marinos and Manchester City at Nissan Stadium on July 27, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)

In addition to Laporte who is facing a long time on the sidelines, an untimely injury to fellow defender John Stones means that City now have only one designated center back in Nicolas Otamendi in their defense.

Facing such an unenviable situation, Pep Guardiola has decided to field midfielder Fernandinho in the central defender role when the Premier League Champions travel to face Norwich next Saturday.

Reports also claim that even if Stones proves his fitness during next week’s training, Guardiola may still decide to continue with Fernandinho in his central defense.

With Stones having not played a single minute of football since his team’s 5-0 win at West Ham at the start of August, the former Barcelona manager might not like the idea of throwing him straight into the action.

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How long till Laporte comes back?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14: Aymeric Laporte of Manchester City in action during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Etihad Stadium on January 14, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Having signed for Manchester City in January 2018, Laporte made himself an indispensable member of the squad before suffering the unfortunate injury against Brighton last Saturday. 

His importance for the team could be gauged from the fact that during his time at Manchester City, Laporte has made more passes (3,820), completed more clearances (130) and blocked more shots (10) than any other Manchester City player.

Given that he is so hugely influential for the side, the fact that City will be without him until early 2020, at best, is a bitter pill to swallow for the club and its fans.

The reason why he’d be out for such a long time is because after suffering the ruinous injury, the French defender had to undergo surgey to repair the lateral meniscus and cartilage in his right knee.

As a result, with the team without him for such a long time, there are also reports claiming that Pep Guardiola wants to buy a new central defender in the January transfer window.

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