Guardiola Gives Update On John Stones’ Injury

Femi Onasanya By Femi Onasanya - Sports Reporter
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Manager Pep Guardiola has stated that the ankle injury sustained by Manchester City defender John Stones “doesn’t look good.”

In the Premier League, City made a successful comeback to defeat Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park.

However, Stones’ forced substitution at the end of the first half after a collision with Toffees attacker Beto—who was later called offside—dealt a jolt to Guardiola’s team.

“We’ll see, but it doesn’t look good, probably.” It’s his ankle. After the match, the City manager responded to a query from Amazon Prime.

Guardiola said, “Hopefully the damage isn’t big and he can come back soon,” in his post-match press conference.

The fact that play was temporarily allowed to continue even though Beto was obviously standing offside seemed to irritate the City bench.

Referees have been ordered to hold down their flags until play is over in order to prevent mistakes that could change the outcome of the game in the 2020–21 season.

Injury problems have plagued Stones’ season, and his victory over Everton marked just his fifth start overall.

Guardiola did, however, provide an encouraging report regarding Kevin De Bruyne’s fitness. De Bruyne has been out since August due to a hamstring injury.

Guardiola stated, “Kevin is close, but we have to be careful because he had fatigue yesterday.” “You can get injured again if you don’t handle the timing well,” he said after his three-month injury.

He is exercising with us and is very optimistic that he will soon return, although the injury was significant. While I would love for him to play in the upcoming game or for Huddersfield, maintaining his fitness over the long term—rather than just for a single game—is what matters most.

Guardiola, however, hinted that Haaland, who has missed the previous six games due to a foot injury, would miss a few more.

“I’m not a medical professional. He suffered excruciating pain from a stress fracture in his foot bones. Because of his size and height, he is not as slender as Phil Foden, which makes things more challenging at times.

When he recovers, he will return to the pitch, but the players who are available are determined by the medics who visit each morning. We play the games together once I form the squad.

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