John Stones, Manchester City defender has been ruled out for up to five weeks after he diagnosed with a muscular injury. The news has been confirmed by Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola who explained the England center-back was suffered from a muscular problem and he’ll be out for about four to five weeks.
According to reports, John Stones suffered the problem in training ahead of Manchester City’s Champions League opener against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday. And it’s devastating for Manchester City because John Stones only returned for Manchester City on Saturday after recovering from a previous muscular problem.
The shock 3-2 defeat at Norwich City was his first appearance with Manchester City in the Premier League since the opening day win at West Ham United. But now he has to rule out again from Pep Guardiola’s squad for at least five weeks.
John Stones’ absence absolutely will add to the defensive problems for Pep Guardiola with their other center-back, Aymeric Laporte already likely to ruled out until January. The French player also suffered a health issue and he has undergone surgery on his knee after damaging his cartilage and lateral meniscus during a match.
Pep Guardiola Confident They Could Solve Their Problem
The condition leaves Pep Guardiola with just one recognized first-team center-back going into Wednesday’s fixture against Shakhtar Donetsk. They have 18-year-old Eric Garcia or central midfielder Fernandinho in line to partner with Nicolas Otamend for that match.
About their current options, Pep Guardiola told soccer betting Malaysia that as a manager it is an incredible challenge for him. But he also believed in something people don’t know about, which is spirit and commitment. And he felt confident they will make steps forward to solve their problem.
Aside from John Stones, Phil Foden also will not be traveled with the rest of his team-mates to Ukraine due to illness. But Pep Guardiola assure that Phil Foden could be back in time for Saturday’s Premier League fixture against Watford.