Manchester City centre-back Aymeric Laporte has injured himself in the 4-0 win against Brighton on Saturday.

Laporte has avoided anterior cruciate ligament damage – but faces a period out of action after undergoing knee surgery.

The talented defender travelled to Barcelona for treatment from renowned knee specialist Dr Ramon Cugat this week.

While the Premier League champions were relieved to discover Laporte had not sustained ACL damage, he is still set for an, as yet, unspecified time on the sidelines while he recovers from surgery on his cartilage and meniscus.

Pep Guardiola admitted he feared the worst, following the injury following the win against Brighton.

Afterwards Guardiola said: “It doesn’t look good.

“Now, exactly what he has I don’t know. The doctor is going to call me but I think it will be a while. Hopefully it is not as long as Leroy (Sane).”

In a statement, City confirmed: “Aymeric Laporte has undergone surgery on his knee after damaging his cartilage and lateral meniscus during Saturday’s win over Brighton.

“The surgery, carried out by Dr Ramon Cugat in Barcelona, was successful and a more detailed prognosis will be provided in due course.

Laporte’s knee jarred awkwardly after a challenge on Adam Webster and was clearly in distress as he left pitch on a stretcher.

“Everyone at City wishes Aymeric a full and speedy recovery.”

Source: Evening Standard