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Another huge blow for City as Guardiola reveals John Stones injury

Date published: Tuesday 17th September 2019 4:02

Manchester City defender John Stones will be out for around five weeks with a muscular problem, manager Pep Guardiola has announced.

City defender Stones picked up the problem on Tuesday morning as his side prepared for Wednesday’s Champions League opener away to Shakhtar Donetsk and leaves Nicolas Otamendi as the club’s only fit recognised senior centre-half.

City are also without one of last season’s star men Aymeric Laporte, who is sidelined until the early months of 2020 with a knee injury.

And the loss of Stones – whose performance in the defeat at Norwich on Saturday came in for criticism – will leave Guardiola having to play central midfielder Fernandinho at the heart of the defence alongside error-prone Argentinian Otamendi.


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