GUARDIOLA CALM INJURY WORRIES
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed that, French defender Aymeric Laporte has no fresh injury concern and his substitution against Leicester City in February was to give the player the needed rest and not injury enforced.
The player only returned recently from a long-term injury. He was out since August and he only made his comeback in January. The player has been eased into action since his return.
Manchester City like other Premier League clubs are not in action due to the Covid19 break out. The league is expected to make a return in May. Manchester City might not catch runaway leaders Liverpool in the league, but the Citizens have got good chances in Cup competitions this season both at home and in the continent.
The Citizens have one leg in the quarter final of the Champions league. They won the first leg of the tie at Santiago Bernabeu. They came from a goal down to shock Madrid on their home turf. Laporte is expected to return and lead the charge for Champions League glory. The only trophy that is missing for Guardiola since he took over the reins in Manchester.
City will have extra motivation for the Champions League when it finally returns. The Club is facing a two-year ban from the competition. Should they fail to win the competition this year, they will have to wait till the 2022-2023 season. The club appealed the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. But the appeal will not hold till Covid19 is contained.
Former Liverpool shot stopper Brad Friedel has revealed the sanction handed out to City will serve as an extra motivation for the club to go all out for the competition this year. He stated that they have no realistic chance of catching his former side, Liverpool in the league so they will put all their resources into conquering Europe.