Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte has travelled to Barcelona to see a specialist about his knee injury, according to reports in the English media.
Manager Pep Guardiola has asked for the centre-back to see surgeon Dr Ramon Cugat who will assess the extent of the 25-year-old’s injury.
Laporte injured himself whilst trying to tackle Brighton’s Adam Webster in the 4-0 win at the weekend. Supporters on Twitter are fearing the worst about the length of time the Frenchman could be out for:
Bet he's having an operation on it tomorrow that's why he's there. Shame as that's probably his season over.
— Grstreble (@grstreble) September 2, 2019
— Jad El Hoz (@HozJad) September 2, 2019
Bet it’s an ACL😴
— ⚽️⚡️ (@FtAndy22) September 2, 2019
Huge possibility for ACL…hope not🙏
— Matt Liu (@lym_tc) September 3, 2019
Come back stronger @Laporte
— SAFARI Honoré (@Safari_Honore) September 2, 2019
My gut says ACL 😢
— The GNRL (@TheGNRL29) September 2, 2019
W h y c a n ‘ t w e g o a f u l l s e a s o n w i t h o u t s e v e r a l m a j o r i n j u r i e s ?
— Bęrñårdø Sīłvâ (@Silva_Lining_) September 2, 2019
Barcelona = cugat = ACL 😲
— Tamim 🇱🇧 (@waeltamim8) September 2, 2019
Hopefully he’ll be back soon. No serious injury! pic.twitter.com/AFwtqYfIQv
— Mohamed Abdulkadir (@mohamedamiin2) September 2, 2019
It is believed that City will find out today how long Laporte will be out for, and if he needs surgery. When that information will be revealed publicly, it remains to be seen.
TV pundit Gary Neville believes the defender’s injury could swing the title race in favour of Liverpool, but City boss Guardiola believes he could use Kyle Walker or Fernandinho in place of Laporte at centre-half if John Stones or Nicolas Otamendi are not available.