Manchester City defender Laporte undergoes an operation on an injured knee

LONDON: Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte He has undergone knee surgery that is expected to keep the center of his back on the sidelines for at least a couple of months.

Laporte had been online to make his international debut with France this week after his exceptional form for the Premier league the champions over the past year were finally rewarded with a first call by Didier Deschamps since March 2017.

However, he was shot down late in the first half of City's 4-0 victory over Brighton on Saturday after a clash with visitors' Adam Webster.

Aymeric Laporte has undergone surgery on his knee after damaging his cartilage and lateral meniscus during Saturday's win over Brighton, City said in a statement without giving a timeframe for Laporte's return.

The surgery, performed by Dr. Ramon Cugat in Barcelona, ​​was successful and a more detailed prognosis will be provided in due course.

In case Laporte is absent for a prolonged period, he will be missed with one of the few positions where the City is not blessed with great strength in depth.

They did not buy a replacement for former deceased captain Vincent Kompany at the summer transfer window and midfielder Fernandinho had to fill that position against Brighton with John Stones also sidelined by an injury.

However, with City handed a favourable Champions League group stage draw alongside Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb and Atalanta and not facing 'top six' opposition in the Premier league again until early November, there is hope Laporte will be back for the business end of the season.

After successfully completing the surgery last night, I would like to thank you for all your messages of support during the last days. I feel really loved and very grateful for that, Laporte posted on Instagram.

I am sad that I cannot join the national team and not fulfill my dream of debuting with Les Bleus.

I would like to thank the coach for being so supportive. From now on we begin to count the days to return to the field.