Pep Guardiola confirms John Stones will miss the Manchester derby after suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty… but the City boss hopes the defender will be back in ’10 days to two weeks’, easing fears that he may miss the World Cup
John Stones will miss the Manchester derby on Sunday after suffering a hamstring injury while on England duty.
The Manchester City defender limped off during Monday’s clash with Germany in the 37th minute and was replaced by City teammate Kyle Walker.
Stones started a counter-attack for Gareth Southgate’s side by making an interception on the edge of his own penalty box and then looked to get up the pitch but quickly pulled up clutching the back of his leg.
John Stones went off injured in the first half against Germany with a hamstring issue
The defender will miss the Manchester derby but will hope to be back in ’10 days to two weeks’
The 28-year-old looked understandably distraught as he came off the pitch after his only appearance of the international break was cut short.
He was suspended for England’s defeat against Italy on Friday after getting sent off against Hungary in June.
There were fears that Stones was at risk of missing the World Cup, although these have been allayed by Guardiola who confirmed the injury in his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s clash with United.
Stones had to come off to be replaced by Kyle Walker after his injury blow at Wembley
Harry Maguire looked concerned for Stones as the England centre-back received treatment
He said: ‘No I think he will not be injured for five to six weeks but it will be less. Normally hamstring can be four to six weeks. I don’t know when he will be back but maybe 10 days to two weeks hopefully.’
The defender has appeared in seven matches for City this term, and has proved his versatility by filling in for Kyle Walker at right-back on multiple occasions.
He has also chipped in with two assists in the Premier League, plus a stunning goal in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund to prove that he can be a threat in both boxes.
The former Everton and Barnsley youngster has made 204 appearances for the Citizens since arriving in 2016 for £47.5m.
Stones has also become a crucial part of Gareth Southgate’s squad in recent years, starring at the last two major tournaments for the Three Lions.
He has established himself in the starting XI, and will be expected to play a major role at the World Cup later this year if he is fit.