Man City transfer target set for long spell on the sidelines after horror double-injury

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Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte—who has been linked with a summer switch to Manchester City—suffered a horror injury earlier this week.

The Basque star was in action for France’s U-21 side against Scotland earlier this week when he hurt his right leg in a collision with an opponent.

While it was initially clear that the player was in some discomfort, his club confirmed the severity of the player’s injury on Friday and revealed that he was set for a considerable spell on the sidelines.

“After the first scan Aymeric Laporte has been diagnosed with a fracture-dislocation of the fibula and right ankle,” read a statement published by Athletic [as per The Guardian].

“On his return to Bilbao he will be subjected to further tests after which the extent of his injury and his period of absence will be determined.”

The news may well affect any prospect of the 21-year-old moving away from the club during the summer.

Pep Guardiola is understood to be an admirer of the defender—who has also been linked with a move to Manchester United—although it’s hard to see City risking big month to sign the youth star considering his current concerns.

The defender, who looks set to miss the remainder of the campaign, has a €50 million release clause in his current contract.

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