Aymeric Laporte’s injury could tip the balance in the Premier League title race according to ESPN FC pundits. The Frenchman was stretchered off as Manchester City beat Brighton 4-0. It was soon realised that this was a bad injury and the £57m signing underwent surgery on his right knee.
Although City have given no timeline for Laporte’s return, we can expect the defender to miss most of the season. You can’t just magic sponge surgery worthy knee injuries. The unfortunate injury could be crucial to a Liverpool title challenge according to pundits.
In a video published by ESPN FC on the 5th of September 2019, the panel were asked whether the injury to Laporte would give Liverpool the edge in the title race. Shaka Hislop, Premier League stalwart and recipient of a Steven Gerrard screamer in the 2006 F.A. Cup final, replied: “Yes”.
Reds legend Steve Nicol was even more emphatic, claiming it “100 percent” gives the advantage to a Liverpool title challenge.
The injury has left the Premier League champions with only 2 recognised senior team centre backs: John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi. However, Stones himself is no stranger to injury. The England international has missed games this season due to a thigh injury.
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The Manchester Evening news reported that he should return against Norwich this weekend. With a lot of football to play, especially when competing on all fronts, we will likely see a makeshift City defence in the near future. An ageing Fernandinho is the prime candidate for centre half cover – can he solidify a stricken back line?