Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been handed an Aymeric Laporte injury blow, as the defender didn’t take part in an 11 vs 11 training match on Wednesday night, which was scheduled to replace the Citizens’ postponed Premier League match against Arsenal. But, there were fitness boosts for both Kevin de Bruyne and Leroy Sane.
Manchester City centre-back Aymeric Laporte didn’t take part in training on Wednesday night, as he continues to work his way back to full fitness. But, both Kevin de Bruyne and Leroy Sane took part in the match, hinting that they could both be available for Saturday’s match against Burnley.
Guardiola decided to run the inter-squad friendly as a response to City’s match against Arsenal being postponed.
The Premier League was cancelled late on Tuesday night, after it emerged that some Arsenal players had come into contact with Olympiakos chief Evangelos Marinakis last week, during their Europa League tie.
Marinakis tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week, prompting fears within the Gunners camp.
While Laporte didn’t feature in the training session on Wednesday night, there were appearances from both Kevin de Bruyne and Leroy Sane, according to the Manchester Evening News.
De Bruyne has been absent from the City team since the Carabao Cup final against Aston Villa.
He fell awkwardly on his shoulder in the latter stages of the game, and Guardiola preferred to make sure he’s fully fit for the Champions League match against Real Madrid.
Sane, meanwhile, has been nursing a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament since August.
He has been out of action for eight months, after picking up his injury in the Community Shield win over Liverpool.
Sane had returned to training over a month ago, and Guardiola confirmed that he’s no longer injured.
But, he’s been working his way up to full fitness in preparation for a busy end to the season.
City fans would be delighted to see both players taking part in the high intensity friendly, with a crucial Champions League second-leg tie against Real Madrid upcoming.
Laporte has been injured since the first leg of the Real Madrid tie, at the Santiago Bernabeu.
He damaged his hamstring during the 2-1 win in the Spanish capital, and was expected to return within four weeks.
The Frenchman was back in training on Tuesday, but his absence from the inter-squad friendly will concern supporters.
But, it appears that Laporte will have extra time to reach full fitness, after the Real Madrid squad were quarantined over coronavirus fears.
The Los Blancos team were ordered to self-isolate on Thursday morning, after a member of the club basketball team tested positive for coronavirus.
Real Madrid were scheduled to play against City in Manchester on Tuesday evening.
But, the self-isolation period is supposed to last at least 14 days.
UEFA have scheduled a meeting with global football authorities for Tuesday, to decide how the industry should proceed amid the coronavirus pandemic.