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Man City defender Laporte: No need for game management

Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte says that he is not managing his game time.

The Frenchman was out with injury for several months during this season.

But he is back in the team for recent matches, and he hopes to be involved in all their coming games.

He denied that he was being selectively rested with the Real Madrid Champions League round of 16 games in mind.

"It wasn't too soon [to come back] – maybe it was sooner than we expected but I felt good and confident and had one or two weeks to rest," he told reporters after a 2-0 win over West Ham United in the Premier League.

"It was not easy to come back after five months, to play on that pitch. It was very tough, but not too soon.

"My recovery was about coming back as soon as possible, not just for Real Madrid. I want to play in every game - West Ham, Leicester, Madrid, it doesn't matter.

"I was fit and available, but the Sheffield game was tough and I was tired. I rested, that's all.

"It's been tough and long but I am here and happy to be back. Now I'm looking forward to fighting until the end of the season."

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