February 21, 2024

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has confirmed that defender John Stones will be out for a while due to a muscular injury ahead of their Premier League tie with Chelsea this weekend.

Recall that Stones sustained the injury during Manchester City’s Champions League win over Young Boys on Tuesday night.

The England defender was replaced by Nathan Ake at half-time of the 3-0 victory over the Swiss club.

Speaking after the game, Guardiola confirmed Stones’ injury is a ‘big loss’ for Man City as he also provided an update on Manuel Akanji.

“Manuel [Akanji] had a problem in the back and when this happens, he is out,” Guardiola told TNT Sports.

“Unfortunately, John [Stones] he is out again. I feel so sorry for him because he’s an incredible professional and committed and he is a big loss for us.

“John is so important with what he does, but yeah, recover, the season is long, and [he] will be back soon.”

 

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