By comparing Laporte’s injury to Sane’s, some Man City fans may be fearing the worst.
The German winger is expected to miss the majority of the Premier League season with his knee injury.
How can Man City compensate for Laporte’s injury?
On Saturday, Laporte started alongside Nicolas Otamendi in City’s backline.
Otamendi’s place in the XI now looks assured for the foreseeable future.
One assumes that John Stones will partner the Argentine once he returns to action.
Stones has been injured at the start of the season.
Alternatively, Fernandinho could fill in at centre-half.
On the Brazilian playing centre-half, Guardiola said:
He is a holding midfielder, everyone knows it, me included but I think he has the conditions to play there.
The problems we have there as a situation, he is going to adapt. He is intelligent, fast, strong in the headers, in the build-up, he has the quality to see what happens in front. He can play in both positions.