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'He asked me to be subbed... he's not injured': Pep Guardiola insists Aymeric Laporte will be fit to take on - as he reveals defender came off in Leicester game because he was struggling with their strikers! Aymeric Laporte was replaced by defender Nicolas Otamendi after 57 minutes It was his third appearance since his return from a long lay-off with a knee injury Pep Guardiola said there was no fresh injury problem for the Frenchman But the pace of Leicester's attack was a tough test for a player finding his rhythm

By Press Association Reporter

Published: 13:45 GMT, 23 February 2020 | Updated: 13:45 GMT, 23 February 2020

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Pep Guardiola is confident Aymeric Laporte is ready to play 90 minutes against on Wednesday night despite the defender asking to be substituted during Saturday's 1-0 win at Leicester.

Laporte was replaced by Nicolas Otamendi after 57 minutes of Saturday's match, his third appearance since his return from a long lay-off with a knee injury.

Guardiola said there was no fresh injury problem for the Frenchman, but the pace of Leicester's attack was a tough test for a player still rediscovering his rhythm.

Aymeric Laporte was replaced by Nicolas Otamendi after 57 minutes of Saturday's match

Aymeric Laporte was replaced by Nicolas Otamendi after 57 minutes of Saturday's match

'He asked me to be subbed,' Guardiola said. 'He's not injured. We cannot forget he has been out for four or five months injured. They run a lot, (Jamie) Vardy, Kelechi (Iheanacho), (Harvey) Barnes, they are all so fast.

'It was quite different against West Ham (on Wednesday) where they was only one striker so it was easier to control, but he's OK.'

Asked if Laporte was ready to play the full match at the Bernabeu on Wednesday, Guardiola simply said: 'Yes'.

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