Laporte out for a month, to miss City vs Madrid second leg

Pep Guardiola confirmed on Friday he expects Aymeric Laporte to miss up to a month of action after pulling his hamstring against Real Madrid

Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte   -  Getty Images

Aymeric Laporte is set to be out for three or four weeks with a hamstring strain, meaning he will miss the Champions League last-16 second leg against Real Madrid.

French defender Laporte had to be replaced by Fernandinho 33 minutes into Wednesday's contest at the Santiago Bernabeu after appearing to suffer the injury in a collision with Karim Benzema.

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City went on to win the match 2-1 and give themselves a significant advantage ahead of the second leg in Manchester on March 17, but Laporte is unlikely to be available for that clash.

Speaking at a news conference on Friday ahead of Sunday's EFL Cup final against Aston Villa, Guardiola said: "It's a hamstring injury.

"Normally it is three weeks or a month [out of action]. We try to avoid it, but it has happened. It happens sometimes."

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