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Guardiola Confident Of Laporte’s Fitness For Madrid Clash

This file picture reveals Manchester Metropolis’s Aymeric Laporte on a stretcher following an damage he sustained. AFP


Pep Guardiola is assured Aymeric Laporte is able to play 90 minutes towards Actual Madrid on Wednesday despite the fact that the defender requested to be substituted throughout Saturday’s 1-Zero win at Leicester.

Laporte was changed by Nicolas Otamendi after 57 minutes of Saturday’s match, his third look since his return from a protracted lay-off with a knee damage.

Guardiola mentioned there was no recent damage drawback for the Frenchman however the tempo of Leicester’s assault was a tricky check for a participant nonetheless rediscovering his rhythm.

“He asked me to be subbed,” Guardiola mentioned. “He’s not injured. We can not overlook he has been out for 4 or 5 months injured. They run rather a lot, (Jamie) Vardy, Kelechi (Iheanacho), (Harvey) Barnes, they’re all so quick.

“It was fairly totally different towards West Ham (on Wednesday), the place there was just one striker so it was simpler to manage, however he’s OK.”

Requested if Laporte was able to play the total match within the Champions League last-16 first-leg conflict on the Bernabeu, Guardiola mentioned: “Yes”.

Laporte has made a gradual return to motion from the knee damage suffered towards Brighton on August 31.

He performed 78 minutes towards Sheffield United on January 21 however then didn’t seem once more till Wednesday’s 2-Zero victory over West Ham, finishing 65 minutes on the Etihad.

Metropolis haven’t conceded a objective whereas Laporte has been again in motion and Guardiola will likely be eager to have his finest defender on the pitch for so long as attainable towards Madrid.


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