& # 39; I am very happy to be back as soon as possible & # 39 ;: Manchester City center back Aymeric Laporte happy with early return of his serious knee injury
- Aymeric Laporte was a surprise shot in Man City & # 39; s starting XI on Tuesday
- The Frenchman was not involved in the first team for nearly five months
- Central back requires surgery of his cartilage and lateral meniscus after surgery
- Laporte played 78 minutes while City Sheffield United defeated 1-0 in Bramall Lane
Manchester City Defender Aymeric Laporte admits that he has returned from his serious knee injury earlier than he had expected.
He had to undergo surgery after damaging his cartilage and lateral meniscus during the home win of City against Brighton on August 31.
The comeback of Laporte lasted 78 minutes and he now looks forward to the rest of the season.
& # 39; Normally it would have been later, but I spoke to the manager and tried it today (Tuesday) and he told me that I would play, so I am very happy to be back as soon as possible and have minutes to help and the team, "Laporte said.
" It was very important for me to try to be involved with the team. It was a good fitness test. The game was difficult because they are very strong, a good team.
& # 39; I think we did well, so I am very happy to win this game and be back with the team.
& # 39; It was hard for me (out of his), my teammates see me suffering. But now I can help the team and do my best and I hope I will play more time and help more. & # 39;
The city looked suspicious at the back in the absence of Laporte and, apart from an early fear when Billy Sharp came behind, his return brought some stability back to the defense, because the knives were largely arm length on Bramall Lane.
After the game, Guardiola admitted that his team had missed the 25-year-old and described him as the best left-sided central defender in the world.
Laporte said: & # 39; It's great to hear that from this manager, because he's one of the best in the world, if not the best. I am very happy to hear that, but I have to work to stay there and keep going. & # 39;