Manchester City have suffered a blow ahead of next week’s Manchester derby as Aymeric Laporte is suspended on the trip to Old Trafford.
It has not been the best week for City as they were defeated in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday for the first time in over five years by West Ham and are now battling at home against Crystal Palace.
A bad back pass in the initial five minutes of Laporte was cut out by Conor Gallagher and the midfielder then slipped Wilfried Zaha in to give the visitors the lead.
The Blues struggled to create some clear chances for the rest of the half, and then it went from bad to worse in stoppage time when Laporte got a red card.
The Spanish national team player pulled Zaha down as he was about to go through on goal and was sent off after being ruled out for denying a clear opportunity to score goals.
As a result, Laporte will be unavailable for next week’s match against Manchester United. But he will only serve a one-match quarantine and will be back for the following matches against Everton and West Ham.
United must also enter the decisive derby with a player unavailable due to quarantine, with Paul Pogba still serving a three-match quarantine due to his own red card in the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool.
The Frenchman was rejected just 15 minutes after coming on the bench for a terrible, studs-up challenge at Naby Keita, and will also miss Saturday’s trip to Tottenham and the match against Watford after the international break.
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