Laporte returns to train with Manchester City

Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte is training with the first team again after knee surgery in September, manager Pep Guardiola He said Friday without setting a date for the return of the French party.

Guardiola told reporters before the third round of the FA Cup at home on Saturday against fourth-level Port Vale that the 25-year-old's recovery was progressing well, but more time was needed for the match's fitness.

He trained with the team for 10, 15 minutes, the rest individually and is improving, Guardiola said. It feels good and in the coming weeks you will complete all training sessions for us.

He will dictate (when he returns). How it feels He was four months out.

Premier league the champions and holders of the FA City Cup have fallen to third place in the standings, 14 points behind the Liverpool leader.

The city did not replace the late captain Vincent Kompany during the closed season and with Laporte out, Guardiola has had only two senior central defense options at John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi.

Otamendi missed the 2-1 victory of the City's New Year's Day against Everton due to illness and Saturday's game will also be lost.

Tomorrow he will not play, but in the next few days he will be on the team again, said the Spaniard, who added that Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson recovered after missing the Everton game due to illness.