Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed that defender Aymeric Laporte is just ‘one week’ away from possibly returning to training with the team.
The French centre-back has been out of action since August having suffered a cruciate ligament injury against Brighton & Hove Albion but Guardiola has said that the 25-year-old’s condition is improving and he could potentially return to training soon.
The Spaniard said: “He’s getting better.
“He’s training alone but already on the pitch. I don’t know but he’s in the last part. In one week or maybe ten days he can start to train with us.”
In Laporte’s absence, City have struggled defensively, even having to employ midfielder Fernandinho as a makeshift central defender on a few occasions.
The Citizens have already conceded 23 goals this season in just 20 matches, as much as they shipped throughout the entire 2018/19 campaign as they lifted their second consecutive league crown under Guardiola.
They will hope to kick off the New Year in the best way by reducing the gap to current league leaders Liverpool as they take on Everton at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City are available at a price of 1/4 with Betfred to halt Carlo Ancelotti’s great start in charge of the Toffees.