Aymeric Laporte has insisted that Manchester City can still win the league, the defender providing the club with a welcome boost as he sets a timeframe for his return from a serious knee injury.
The Frenchman’s absence has helped contribute to an indifferent start to the campaign for the Premier League champions, who have now slipped to 11 points adrift of league leaders Liverpool following their 2-2 weekend draw at Newcastle.
Despite a significant hap having opened between the club and the top of the division, Laporte is adamant Man City can recover the deficit as they look to win a third consecutive league title, citing Liverpool’s similar advantage at the same stage last season.
“Yes, of course [City can win the title],” Laporte .
Total points dropped by Man City in the Premier League in each of the last three seasons:
2017/18: 14 points (38 games)
2018/19: 16 points (38 games)
2019/20: 13 points (14 games)
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“Last year was quite similar when [Liverpool] had a similar lead but we still have time this year to recover, to catch them and to again try to win the Premier League, so we hope we can do that.
“We need to make sure we work a lot and don’t lose any more games.”
Laporte has been absent since suffering a serious knee injury in the win over Brighton in August, the 25-year-old’s extended spell on the sidelines leaving Pep Guardiola‘s defensive options depleted.
Midfielder Fernandinho has been utilised in an unfamiliar central defensive role in Laporte’s absence, though the former Athletic Bilbao player has provided his side with a welcome boost by revealing his hopes to be back in action in the next six to eight weeks.
“[My recovery] is going very well,” he added.
“Still I need time but I hope as soon as possible I can come back and play with my teammates. I can’t say when exactly but more or less one month-and-a-half to two months.”
City will be looking to bounce back from their disappointment at St James’ Park when they travel to face Burnley at Turf Moor tomorrow night before hosting the Manchester Derby at the weekend.