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Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte will likely be out until January or even February, says director Pep Guardiola.
The France centre-back, 25, has had surgery on his knee after being hauled off in the win over Brighton on 31 August.
He damaged his ribs and lateral meniscus with Brighton defender Adam Webster in a struggle.
On Laporte’s lack, Guardiola said:”Not long. Five months, six months – next calendar year, January or February.”
The defender made 35 league appearances last year, with Bernardo Silva the City outfield player that was only and more to play.
His injury renders City with just Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones following the passing of Vincent Kompany, as principal defenders to eventually become player-manager of Anderlecht in the summer.
Stones can play at Norwich City on Saturday at the 17:30 BST kick-off and Guardiola said that the England centre-back”trained great”.
Meanwhile, Guardiola states his club’s suggestion to the Premier League to have different deadlines for national and global transfers is”a good idea”.
Most clubs, including City, were miserable in the gap gap between the transfer window closing that is English and that of the rest of Europe, believing clubs were offered an unfair benefit by it.
In their meeting in London on Thursday, Premier League managers discussed to revert back instead of closing the window at the Thursday as has become the situation for the last two seasons.
City set forward a compromise solution, together with the deadline staying as it is for transfers in England, but making nightclubs totally free to sign players from elsewhere in Europe for the remainder of August.
Guardiola said:”It’s is a fantastic idea.
“I would like to finish the window the day until we start the season. Each of the managers would want to start with the players we are likely to use. Three weeks However, another clubs have. Maybe that’s a solution.”
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