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    The Man City players are all wearing the shirt of Aymeric Laporte. A symbol of solidarity as their teammate fights back from a long-term injury

    ‘He's Not Dead’: Fans Troll Man City After Players Wear Laporte Shirts to Support Injured Teammate

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    In September, Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte underwent knee surgery after breaking down during the 4-0 win at home against Brighton earlier that month.

    Manchester City players appeared on the grass showing off "Laporte" and his number "14" on their backs during the warm-up ahead of their Champions League game against Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.

    Despite the 2-0 win, City footballers have been criticised by rival fans on Twitter over the team’s “show of solidarity” to defender Aymeric Laporte who had a knee injury last month.

    Many perceived it as nothing but a “tribute” to Laporte who they recalled was “injured” and had not “passed away.”

    “That's actually embarrassing”, one user insisted, while others claimed that it was "a bit weird" and “pathetic”.

    Last year, Manchester City sealed the whopping £57 million (almost $70 million) signing of Laporte, who had knee surgery in Barcelona in September after he damaged the cartilage and lateral meniscus in his right knee during a previous game against Brighton.

    With recovery time ranging from weeks to months, Laporte is expected back in January at the earliest.

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