City boss gives an update on Laporte injury

City boss gives an update on Laporte injury

The Frenchman, 25, went down under a challenge from Brighton centre-back Adam Webster in the 34th minute of the match at the Etihad Stadium. "I say, ok, you can not do it so we can not do it so we are going with what we have". The physician goes to name me and inform me what he has however I feel, for some time, he will likely be out.

Guardiola was forced to field holding midfielder Fernandinho at centre-back for the second-half at home to the Seagulls.

Laporte has now been taken to hospital and the initial outlook is concerning for Guardiola.

Nicolas Otamendi is City's only fully-fit recognised centre-back now available.

Vincent Kompany left in the summer and John Stones has not featured since the opening day of season because of a muscle injury.

"But we have an alternative and sometimes when that happens, the team unites better and we are going to find solutions to do that".

"He is a shy guy". He can play in both positions'.

When Kevin De Bruyne fired City ahead, finishing clinically from 10 yards after Oleksandr Zinchenko had sent away David Silva who pulled the ball back intelligently for the Belgian, yet another such victory seemed inevitable.

That is the reality in a team that achieved four titles [trophies] last season.

"We will work - unfortunately now we can not because it is the worldwide break but we are going to work on it". "If we analyse the result it was 4-0 but the performance not because they did really well".

"We are happy with what we've done so far, we came here to play the way we want to play".

However, Brighton are likely to try and fend off relegation from the Premier League this season while Genk will play in the Champions League, where they have been placed Group E alongside Liverpool, Napoli and Red Bull Salzburg.

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