Aymeric Laporte will not be rallying with the Blues to challenge Albania and Andorra in the framework of the Euro 2020 qualifiers. The French team has confirmed its withdrawal and the return of Samuel Umtiti, initially dismissed by Deschamps. The central defender should even miss several months of competition with his club.
Touched this afternoon during the match between Manchester City and Brighton (4-0) as part of the 4th day of the Premier League after contact with Webster, Laporte was evacuated on stretcher and seemed touched in the right knee. According to information confirmed by RMC Sport, the 25-year-old would suffer a cruciate ligament rupture, which could keep him away from the field for at least six months.
The return with the Blues will have to wait
Laporte had just been called back by Didier Deschamps with the French team, more than two and a half years after his last convocation (March 26, 2017). Imperial in central defense with the Citizens, the French was one of the craftsmen of the title of champion of England last year.
"He went to the hospital, Pep Guardiola explained at a press conference, it does not feel good, I do not know what he has, we'll know tomorrow, I'm waiting for the doctor's phone call. to be absent for a moment. " Praised by his coach, who sees in him the prototype of the modern defender, it is the biggest injury for the French since the beginning of his career. In March 2016, while playing at Athletic Bilbao, he broke his fibula and missed nearly 100 days of competition.