Closing proves difficult for Manchester City's Laporte after long-term absence

LEEDS: Manchester city defender Aymeric Laporte admitted that it has been a very difficult time for him to face without football for the second time after COVID-19 forced pandemic emergency shutdown suspended all sports activities. Laporte has missed nearly five months of the season after undergoing surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee.

"For me, it was a long time without football on the pitch and it was so difficult. The second time without football and it is always difficult; don't touch the ball, don't be on the pitch in the stadium playing in front of the fans and everything," quoted Laporte as saying.

We have to keep it that way and hope for what's best for our health, which is the most important thing right now, he added.

The Frenchman had just four games on his return when he sustained a hamstring injury in the Champions League victory over Real Madrid in late February.

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The 25-year-old was expected to spend one month out of the football field after the hamstring injury. The shutdown has at least allowed him to make a full recovery. He is also joining in team's online training sessions.

I feel fit, without problems. At home I have many things to do, train, run. I have a bicycle, I have weights, I have many things. I can't do everything, because it's not like being on the track. The club gave us a training program to do at home ... They have given us many things to practice and do at home, said Laporte.

It is strange, but now it is normal. Of course, we have to keep in touch to be a team and remain a team, he added.

Laporte has been playing FIFA 20 and Fortnite games at home and also participated in an online game against Real Madrid's close friend and striker Brahim Diaz for charity.