MANCHESTER CITY DEFENDER EXPECTED TO PLAY MADRID TIE

City's hopes of collecting a third straight Premier League trophy are all but over, though they remain in the hunt for both domestic cups, as well as a maiden Champions League triumph.
Laporte's first task since completing rehab will be dealing with second-tier Fulham in the fourth round of the FA Cup, according to the Daily Mail.
He had an outside chance of making Saturday's top-flight meeting with Crystal Palace at Etihad Stadium. However, the club's medical staff advised Guardiola to give the centre-back more time to reach full fitness, delaying his return by a week.
The Sky Blues have played 31 matches without Laporte, while fellow Citizens star Leroy Sane hasn't been seen since the penalty-shootout victory over Liverpool in the Community Shield.
Manchester City will travel away to Madrid for the first leg of the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League as they bid to stop Zidane and his men. The Champions league remain the only major title Pep Guardiola has failed to deliver in his impressive stay in England, and the critics have said it will be the yardstick to measure his success at the end of his stay at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City have made the semi-finals of the competition once where they lost to their round of 16 opponents, Real Madrid in 2016. Pep Guardiola has failed to reach that stage, his best run was quarter-final where they have lost to Monaco and Tottenham respectively.

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