Manchester City star Aymeric Laporte shows off horror gash on thigh after being caught by Stuart Armstrong’s boot

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Manchester City star Aymeric Laporte shows off horror gash on thigh after being caught by Stuart Armstrong's boot

Manchester City scorer Aymeric Laporte saved Stuart Armstrong from the red for a stud-in challenge following his horrific thigh injury.

Referee Simon Hooper stuck with his yellow card decision after a VAR check as a 1-1 draw in Southampton ended the leaders’ 12-game winning run.

Man City star Aymeric Laporte posted this graphic photo of his injury

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Man City star Aymeric Laporte posted this graphic photo of his injury
Teammates show concern as centre-back Aymeric Laporte is badly hurt by Stuart Armstrong's challenge

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Teammates show concern as centre-back Aymeric Laporte is badly hurt by Stuart Armstrong’s challengecredit: EPA

Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness – known for his own fair share of reckless picks – wasn’t among those labeling Armstrong ‘lucky’.

According to Sky Sports’ Dave Jones, the Scotland midfielder perceived his challenge as a ‘bright blow’ and ‘low intensity’ by VAR.

Try telling it to Laporte though, as the defender later showed off on Twitter a nasty cut on his leg – wide and swollen.

The 27-year-old Spain star said: “Thank you for the memorial”.

But any disappointment he felt was more directed at how disappointed City were after cutting the Premier League lead to 12 points.

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Earlier, Laporte led City’s point-saver on 65 minutes with a free-kick from Kevin de Bruyne.

He later told the BBC’s Match of the Day: “It’s difficult. I think we deserve something more.

“We dropped two points, but sometimes it happens.”

Meanwhile, fans on social media seemed to be divided on whether or not Armstrong should be.

Some called his challenge an ‘obvious’ dispatch and one said: “Will never understand how he didn’t get red.”

But others felt it was just a mishandled – the injury was worse than intended.

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