Aguero Fires Man City Past Brighton ( Video highlights)
Sergio Aguero scored twice but a suspected knee injury for Aymeric Laporte cast a shadow over Manchester City’s comfortable 4-0 home win over Brighton and Hove Albion.
Laporte’s celebrations of a long-awaited France call-up this week appear likely to be short-lived after he was taken off on a stretcher in the first half.
The 25-year-old went down in discomfort following a collision with Adam Webster, an incident that is sure to give Pep Guardiola several sleepless nights over the international break.
City were leading courtesy of Kevin De Bruyne’s second-minute opener and Aguero added two more either side of the interval before teeing up Bernardo Silva to add the icing 17 seconds after his introduction.
Guardiola Fears Serious Injury for larpote
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola fears defender Aymeric Laporte could be set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after he was carried off on a stretcher during his side’s 4-0 victory over Brighton.
The French defender appeared to injure his knee during the first half of Saturday’s game at Etihad Stadium after attempting to tackle Brighton defender Adam Webster.
The 25-year-old stayed on the turf in obvious pain and after lengthy treatment had to be carried from the field and replaced by Fernandinho.
Speaking after the game, Guardiola gave a gloomy assessment as to the severity of the injury and fears the former Athletic man could be out for some time.
“I think he’s gone to hospital. It doesn’t look good,” Guardiola told reporters.
“I don’t know right now what he has but we will know tomorrow. They’re diagnosing what he has right now.
“I’m waiting for the doctor to call me. He might be out for a while.”