- Guardiola provided an update regarding Stones, who was injured during the half-time break of Young Boys’ win.
- Stone missed almost two months due to hip injuries this season
- Guardiola provided an estimated time for his return
Pep guardiola said that John Stones would be out for “a little while” following his injury suffered in Manchester City’s victory over Young Boys.
After a nearly two-month injury absence, the England international returned to Acton. Stones was out of action for 12 matches between August and Octember, both with his club and the England national team. He then made a brief cameo in Manchester City’s loss to Arsenal in October at Emirates Stadium.
Stones, who has played six games for City, England and England since then, has only completed 90 minutes once.
Stones played only 45 minutes in City’s 3-0 victory over Young Boys on Tuesday night. The win ensures City’s passage to the knockout stages of the Champions League. Speaking after the match, Guardiola explained that Stones’ half-time replacement was caused by a muscular injury.
It’s a muscular injury, so it will be some time before he can play again. Guardiola stated that it is unfortunate for him, because he has been a professional to the core.
It’s bad for us that he tried it. “It’s a very bad night for us.”
Stones will be ruled out of England’s final Euro 2024 qualifying matches against Malta and North Macedonia, scheduled for mid-November. However, he might not have played anyway since the Three Lions had already booked their spot in France following a comfortable win over Italy last time around at Wembley.