Aston Villa
Leicester City
6:00 AM UTC
Game Details
Newcastle United
6:00 AM UTC
Game Details
Norwich City
Sheffield United
6:00 AM UTC
Game Details
Brighton & Hove Albion
Wolverhampton Wanderers
8:30 AM UTC
Game Details
Manchester CityManchester City
Manchester UnitedManchester United
Game Details

Sources: Laporte out for Man City until 2020

Craig Burley explains why Aymeric Laporte's injury absence could have Man City regretting their decision not to bring in a center half this summer.
Alejandro Moreno and Ross Dyer rank Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool in terms of who got the hardest group draw in the UEFA Champions League.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop has high praise for Sergio Aguero, after the Manchester City star-man scored a brace against Bournemouth.

Manchester City have been left with just two senior central defenders after club sources told ESPN FC that Aymeric Laporte will be out until 2020 following knee surgery.

Laporte, signed from Athletic Bilbao in January 2018, suffered the injury during Saturday's Premier League 4-0 win against Brighton at the Etihad.

- ESPN Premier League fantasy: Sign up now!

And following surgery to repair cartilage and meniscus damage in Barcelona, sources have told ESPN FC that the player will be out until the New Year, although no specific timescale has been put on the 25-year-old's likely return to action.

With former captain Vincent Kompany leaving City at the end of last season to become player-manager at Anderlecht, Pep Guardiola had been keen to add to his defensive options during the summer.

But City refused to match Leicester's asking price for Harry Maguire, who eventually became the world's most expensive defender with an £80 million move to Manchester United, and Guardiola went into the campaign without recruiting a replacement for Kompany.

As a result, City now have just two experienced central defenders -- John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi -- for the opening half of the season.

Guardiola will consider using Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho as an emergency centre-back, with 18-year-old defender Eric Garcia the only other option on City's books.

Tosin Adarabioyo, the highly rated 21-year-old, is on loan at Championship club Blackburn Rovers, with City not having the option cut short his move to Ewood Park.

Laporte had been in line for his first France cap after receiving a call up for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Albania and Andorra but had to pull out following the injury.


Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.