Aymeric Laporte will be back training with Manchester City soon to boost their faint title hopes.
Manchester City (16/1 Premier League Outright) boss Pep Guardiola has revealed Aymeric Laporte is in the final stages of his recovery from a serious knee injury and should return to first-team training within the next 10 days.
The 25-year-old centre-back suffered ACL damage during City’s Premier League clash with Brighton in August and he subsequently underwent surgery that ruled him out for the rest of the calendar year.
Laporte is now closing in on a return to action and Guardiola has revealed the former Athletic Bilbao star should be able to link back up with the rest of the squad over the coming days.
“He’s getting better,” Guardiola told reporters. “He’s training alone but already on the pitch. I don’t know but he’s in the last part. In one week or maybe ten days he can start to train with us.”
City have certainly struggled in Laporte’s absence, with defensive frailties undermining their defence of the Premier League title.
The Citizens have conceded more goals than both Sheffield United and Crystal Palace this season and they currently find themselves third in the standings, 14 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool.
Next up for City is a home clash with Everton on New Year’s Day and Guardiola is expecting a tough test against a resurgent Toffees side that have yet to taste defeat under new boss Carlo Ancelotti (Match Betting – Manchester City 1/4, Draw 5/1, Everton 9/1).
“They have struggled for points this season but the quality is there. They have a new manager who has incredible experience in Carlo,” Guardiola added.
“He is one of the smartest guys, he is always able to make teams work. They have had good results in the last two games. It will be a difficult test for us.”