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Aymeric Laporte: Manchester City defender carried off on stretcher in Brighton game

Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte will be out “for a while” after suffering an injury in his sides Premier League game against Brighton.

The 25-year-old collided with Brightons Adam Webster in the first half and went down clutching his knee.

Whetever type of side Guardiola fields against the Lilywhites, they will be formidable, with players like promising youngster Phil Foden and England centre-back John Stones battling to get into the starting line-up.

Manager Pep Guardiola said: “He is in hospital. It doesnt look good. Tomorrow we will know. I think it will be a while.”

Of course, the trophy was just one of three won domestically by Pep Guardiolas side last season – the Premier League and FA Cup were Citys other conquests.

Laporte was called up to the France national squad this week but could now miss out on his first cap.

Having won two successive Premier League titles, manager Pep Guardiola is continuing to look for ways to strengthen his squad, both in the short and long term.

His selection for Frances Euro 2020 qualifiers against Albania and Andorra next month was his first call-up since March 2017, and he has yet to make an appearance.

Guardiola says that midfielder Fernandinho could have to fill in at the back. City didnt sign a defender in the summer despite captain Vincent Kompany leaving the club, while John Stones has missed the last three games with a thigh injury.

Aymeric Laporte injury: Even Man City cant afford to lose their best centre-back

“Fernandinho is a holding midfielder, everyone knows it, me included, but I think he has the conditions to play there [centre-back.]

Garcia, a Spain under-18 international, looked impressive when he started three games in last seasons Carabao Cup, while Harwood-Bellis caught Guardiolas eye on the pre-season tour to the Far East with a number of composed and calm performances.

“The problems we have there as a situation, he is going to adapt. He is intelligent, fast, strong in the headers, in the build-up, he has the quality to see what happens in front. He can play in both positions.”

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