Aymeric Laporte is set to be sidelined for up to six months, but Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is remaining positive and hoping to have the defender back at his disposal early in 2020.The Premier League champions saw a key man pick up an untimely knee injury during a meeting with Brighton on August 31.Laporte has been a standout performer for the Blues, making it impossible for France boss Didier Deschamps to overlook him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream He has, however, been denied the opportunity to collect a first senior cap for his country.The 25-year-old is also unable to aid the cause of his club side, with it feared that he could be out of action for a prolonged period of time.Guardiola has suggested that will not be the case, although it will be early in the New Year before the commanding centre-half comes back into contention.The Blues boss told reporters when asked about how long the Frenchman could be out for: “Not long, five months, six months, next year… January or February.”It remains to be seen when Laporte will be in a position to challenge for a starting berth at City again.The same can be said for Germany international winger Leroy Sane.He is also nursing a knee complaint, with ligaments damaged during a Community Shield outing against Liverpool.Sane, like Laporte, was forced under the knife and is now on the long road to recovery.A switch to Bayern Munich had been mooted before the 23-year-old was laid low, but Guardiola is hoping to welcome him back into the City fold prior to the next transfer window opening.He said when offering an update on highly-rated forward: “In December, January, could be perfect.”Sane’s countryman, Ilkay Gundogan, is in a much stronger position when it comes to challenging for minutes in the near future.Guardiola stated that while the midfielder “had a stomach problem – he trained really good the last few days”.Gabriel Jesus, who has sat out City’s last two fixtures with a thigh complaint, is also working with the rest of the group and ready for a recall.John Stones is another who has shaken off a knock and benefited from a lack of international action during the break from domestic duty.Benjamin Mendy is not yet ready to step back into the City side, but is making steady progress in his rehabilitation from a latest injury setback.Guardiola said of the French full-back: “He is good. His knee is reacting well so hopefully in the next few games. We want to be careful and sure when he starts to play.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
FIFA 20 will soon be gracing screens across the planet, with the latest EA Sports football title being released worldwide on September 24.The game’s developers have rolled out a brand new gameplay mode – VOLTA – and there are a load of fresh features, while tweaks have been made to Ultimate Team.As part of the authenticity of the FIFA gaming experience, EA have sought to secure as many official venues as possible and they’ve added to their licenses this year. Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career There are now 119 stadiums in the game – 90 official and 29 generic – which is an increase on the 102 that were included in FIFA 19.Goal brings you all the stadiums that feature in FIFA 20 from the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and more.Premier League stadiums in FIFA 20EA Sports have secured licences for all 20 Premier League teams, including Old Trafford, despite fears that Manchester United’s deal with EA’s rivals Konami would prohibit its inclusion.Sheffield United’s home ground Bramall Lane is in the game for the first time. Stadium Team(s) Anfield Liverpool Bramall Lane Sheffield United Carrow Road Norwich City Emirates Stadium Arsenal Etihad Stadium Manchester City Goodison Park Everton King Power Stadium Leicester City London Stadium West Ham Molineux Stadium Wolves Old Trafford Manchester United Selhurst Park Crystal Palace St James’ Park Newcastle United St Mary’s Stadium Southampton Stamford Bridge Chelsea The Amex Stadium Brighton Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Tottenham Turf Moor Burnley Vicarage Road Watford Villa Park Aston Villa Vitality Stadium Bournemouth English Football League stadiums in FIFA 20There are a total of 11 venues from the English Football League, including Sunderland’s Stadium of Light and the home of recently relegated Huddersfield Town, Kirklees Stadium. Stadium Team(s) Cardiff City Stadium Cardiff City Craven Cottage Fulham Fratton Park Portsmouth KCOM Stadium Hull City Kirklees Stadium Huddersfield Town Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium Queens Park Rangers Liberty Stadium Swansea City Riverside Stadium Middlesbrough Stadium of Light Sunderland Stoke City FC Stadium Stoke City The Hawthorns West Brom La Liga stadiums in FIFA 20A total of 16 La Liga stadiums feature in FIFA 20, including Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu and Atletico Madrid’s home ground – and last season’s Champions League final venue – Wanda Metropolitano.Notably, Barcelona’s Camp Nou is not included in the game due to the Catalan club’s exclusive agreement with Konami to allow the ground only to appear in eFootball PES 2020. Stadium Team(s) Coliseum Alfonso Perez Getafe Balaidos Celta Vigo Estadio Benito Villamarin Real Betis Estadio Ciutat de Valencia Levante Estadio de la Ceramica Villarreal Estadio de Mendizorrotza Alaves Estadio Jose Zorrilla Real Valladolid Estadio Mestalla Valencia Estadio San Mames Athletic Club Estadio Santiago Bernabeu Real Madrid Municipal de Butarque Leganes Municipal de Ipurua Eibar Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Sevilla RCDE Stadium Espanyol Reale Seguros Stadium (Anoeta) Real Sociedad Wanda Metropolitano Atletico Madrid Segunda Division stadiums in FIFA 20FIFA 20 gamers will be able to take to the field at the famous Riazor, home of Deportivo La Coruna, and Malaga’s 30,000-capacity La Rosaleda. Stadium Team(s) Estadio El Alcoraz Huesca Estadio ABANCA-Riazor Deportivo La Coruna Estadio de Gran Canaria Las Palmas Estadio de Montilivi Girona Estadio de Vallecas Rayo Vallecano Estadio La Rosaleda Malaga Bundesliga stadiums in FIFA 20Fans of German football will be delighted to learn that they can play in front of Dortmund’s famous Yellow Wall at Signal Iduna Park, as well as Schalke’s VELTINS-Arena.The BayArena, home of Bayer Leverkusen, and RB Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena are among the 14 Bundesliga venues. Stadium Team(s) BayArena Bayer Leverkusen BORUSSIA-PARK Borussia Monchengladbach Commerzbank-Arena Frankfurt Dusseldorf-Arena Fortuna Dusseldorf Olympiastadion Hertha Berlin Opel Arena Mainz PreZero Arena Hoffenheim Red Bull Arena RB Leipzig RheinEnergieStadion Koln Signal Iduna Park Borussia Dortmund VELTINS-Arena Schalke Volkswagen Arena Wolfsburg Weserstadion Werder Bremen WWK Arena Augsburg Bundesliga 2. stadiums in FIFA 20Stuttgart may be in Bundesliga 2. but they boast one of the finest stadiums in Germany in the Mercedes-Benz Arena and it is available to play in in FIFA 20.Hamburg’s Volksparkstadion and Nurnberg’s Max-Morlock-Stadion are also included. Stadium Team(s) HDI-Arena Hanover 96 Max-Morlock-Stadion Nurnberg Mercedes-Benz Arena Stuttgart Volksparkstadion Hamburg Ligue 1 stadiums in FIFA 20There are only three stadiums from Ligue 1 included in FIFA 20: Parc Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon), the Velodrome (Marseille) and Parc des Princes (Paris Saint-Germain). Stadium Team(s) Parc Olympique Lyonnais Lyon Velodrome Marseille Parc des Princes Paris Saint-Germain Serie A stadiums in FIFA 20Italian football is not particularly well represented in terms of stadiums in FIFA 20, owing to Serie A granting full licensing to Konami for eFootball PES 2020.Juventus, who will appear in FIFA 20 as Piemonte Calcio, will not be able to play at the Allianz Stadium. However, AC Milan, Inter, Lazio and Roma will all be able to play at home. Stadium Team(s) San Siro Inter / AC Milan Stadio Olimpico Lazio / Roma International stadiums in FIFA 20With EA Sports exclusively featuring the Champions League as a game mode, it is no surprise to see the Ataturk Olympic Stadium – venue for the 2020 Champions League final – in FIFA 20.As well as Turkey’s national stadium, England’s ‘Home of Football’ Wembley Stadium is included, meaning you’ll be able to contest cup finals at the ground. Stadium Team(s) Ataturk Olympic Stadium Turkey Wembley Stadium England Rest of world stadiums in FIFA 20In terms of ‘Rest of the world’ stadiums, only two countries are represented: Ukraine and Russia. Those stadiums are Shakhtar Donetsk’s Donbass Arena and Spartak Moscow’s Otkritie Arena. Stadium Team(s) Donbass Arena Shakhtar Donetsk Otkritie Arena Spartak Moscow / Russia Eredivisie stadiums in FIFA 20Amsterdam’s football jewel – the Johan Cruyff ArenA – is included in FIFA 20, but it is the only Dutch venue available to play in. Stadium Team(s) Johan Cruyff ArenA Ajax / Netherlands MLS stadiums in FIFA 20The growing appeal of Major League Soccer sees five of its clubs’ stadiums feature in FIFA 20.Among them is LA Galaxy’s Dignity Health Sports Park, whch means you’ll be able to strut your stuff as Zlatan Ibrahimovic in front of home fans. Stadium Team(s) BC Place Stadium Vancouver Whitecaps CenturyLink Field Seattle Sounders Dignity Health Sports Park LA Galaxy Mercedes-Benz Stadium Atlanta United Red Bull Arena New York Red Bulls Liga MX stadiums in FIFA 20’The Colossus of Santa Ursula’ – Estadio Azteca – is the only Liga MX stadium in FIFA 20. Stadium Team(s) Estadio Azteca Club America / Cruz Azul / Mexico Saudi Pro League stadiums in FIFA 20EA Sports have included two Saudi Arabian venues in FIFA 20: King Abdullah Sports City near Jeddah and King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh. Stadium Team(s) King Abdullah Sports City Al-Ahli / Al-Ittihad King Fahd Stadium Al-Shabab / Al-Nassr J1 League stadiums in FIFA 20The Panasonic Stadium Suita, which is home to Gamba Osaka, is the only official J1 League stadium in FIFA 20. Stadium Team(s) Panasonic Stadium Suita Gamba Osaka Generic stadiums in FIFA 20As well as 90 officially licensed stadiums, FIFA 20 will also include 29 generic grounds. Among them are the classics Crown Lane, Euro Park and Ivy Lane.You can see all the generic venues below. Stadium Team(s) Al Jayeed Stadium – Aloha Park – Arena del Centenario – Arena D’Oro – Court Lane – Crown Lane – Eastpoint Arena – El Grandioso – El Libertador – Estadio de las Artes – Estadio El Medio – Estadio Presidente G.Lopes – Euro Park – FeWC Stadium (only on PS4 & Xbox One) – Forest Park – Ivy Lane – Molton Road – O Dromo – Sanderson Park – Stade Municipal – Stade Classico – Stadion 23. Maj – Stadion Europa – Stadion Hanguk – Stadion Neder – Stadion Olympik – Town Park – Union Park Stadium – Waldstadion – VOLTA venues in FIFA 20As well as official stadiums and a selection of generic grounds, FIFA 20 will also include 17 small-sided pitches for their VOLTA mode.Freestyle football fans will be able to play in venues based in London, Paris, Barcelona and Amsterdam, as well as Berlin, Mexico City, Rome, Tokyo and Lagos.There will also be VOLTA venues in Cape Town, New York, LA, Miami, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.As well as that, a generic warehouse and a parking lot will be available to play in.