Manchester City have confirmed that John Stones won’t take part in their clash with Tottenham because of a thigh injury.
This latest setback could be a huge blow for Stones as he attempts to win back a spot in the City line-up. Last season saw Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte get the nod instead to partner Vincent Kompany in defence.
Stones ended up making just 24 Premier League appearances and only started two of their final nine league matches. He then went on to ensure a disastrous UEFA Nations League campaign, where his blunder helped the Netherlands’ knock England out of the semi-finals.
But Kompany’s departure for Anderlecht this summer gave the 25-year-old fresh hope for his City future. Pep Guardiola even started him during the club’s Community Shield victory over Liverpool and in last weekend’s 5-0 demolition of West Ham United.
“It’s similar with Leroy [Sane] – he didn’t play regularly at Schalke,” said manager Guardiola on Stones this week.
“In the first season, John struggled a bit at the beginning but I don’t have that feeling for the last two seasons. The problem is he had two issues.
“I am happy about his performance. I am happy how he accepts we handle, we can do better because there are things he can do better.”
A thigh strain, however, has forced Stones to make way for Otamendi in their Premier League clash with Spurs.
“John Stones has suffered a rectus femoris strain and will miss today’s game at home to Tottenham Hotspur,” read a club statement.
“The defender will be assessed and a prognosis is likely next week.”
City captain David Silva will also sit out of the match along with Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus. Replacing the trio will be Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero respectively.