Manchester City have been dealt what looked a potentially-serious blow on the injury-front, during the club’s meeting with Brighton & Hove Albion.
The English champions welcomed Graham Potter’s Seagulls to the Etihad this afternoon, for their 4th league outing of the season.
City bounced back from their disappointing 2-2 draw with Spurs two weeks ago last time out, by putting Bournemouth to the sword by 3 goals to 1.
A Sergio Aguero brace, either side of Raheem Sterling’s strike late in the first-half, saw the Sky Blues get their campaign back on track in style.
And City’s goal-scoring form continued at Brighton’s expense a short time ago.
A typically-dominant display on the part of Pep Guardiola’s men eventually saw the hosts run out 4-0 victors.
Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero (2) and Bernardo Silva bagged the goals, as City, at least temporarily, reclaimed ownership of top spot in the Premier League table.
7 – Sergio Aguero has scored with each of his last seven shots on target in the Premier League for Manchester City. Clinical. pic.twitter.com/A9pFcWUPbA
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 31, 2019
Amid an otherwise positive afternoon for the champions, however, the Sky Blues were also dealt a potentially-major blow on the personnel front.
The player to have picked up the problem was Aymeric Laporte.
A challenge between the Frenchman and Adam Webster shortly after the half-hour mark saw the former come off the worse.
Laporte could immediately be seen to be in serious pain, eventually leading to the 25-year-old being stretchered off:
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 31, 2019
Laporte being stretchered off. Looked like he twisted his right knee when his studs got caught in the turf during a challenge on Webster. Doesn’t look great.
— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) August 31, 2019
Laporte’s injury comes just days after the stopper was called up to the French national team for the first time in his career.