Manchester City have suffered a massive blow today as defender John Stones has been ruled out for up to five weeks with a muscular injury.
Pep Guardiola has confirmed the news ahead of City’s Champions League clash against Shakhtar Donetsk.
PEP: @PhilFoden is a virus problem with his stomach and not able for this game, I think (he will be back) for the next one.
John Stones got injured this morning. The Problem is muscular… 4-5 weeks.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 17, 2019
With Aymeric Laporte out for at least four months, the latest injury to Stones will come as a crushing blow for City. Guardiola is currently with one recognised centre-back in Nicolas Otamendi, who has been very inconsistent with his performances.
Guardiola has said that they are now faced with an incredible challenge with just one defender. He has hinted that Fernandinho could be used as a centre-back, while young players like Eric Garcia Matret and Taylor Bellis could get opportunities to impress.
City’s injury crisis could have a serious impact on the title race. Liverpool are already leading by five points after just five games, and they have a chance to further extend the lead should City drop points.
Many football fans have taken to Twitter to express their reaction after the news broke out. Here are some of the selected tweets:
Fgs, just give liverpool the title😭🤦🏾♂️
— That1Guy 🇨🇩 (@Osowxvy) September 17, 2019
Otamendi is there only CB & they’ll still win the league
— Lampard’s Chelsea (@BringBackKalas) September 17, 2019
Congs Liverpool on winning the league
— nick (@nickopolot) September 17, 2019
Imagine if Liverpool bottle it this season. It’s there for the taking for them.
— Badham (@Badham11) September 17, 2019
Sell Stones this winter please
— alonso herrero (@alonsik13) September 17, 2019
— Antonio Mango (@AntonioMango4) September 17, 2019