John Stones Faces a Month-Long Spell on the Sidelines Following Hamstring Injury

John Stones
John Stones

Manchester City will be without John Stones for up to four weeks after he was forced off in the FA Cup victory over Arsenal last week.

Speaking ahead of Manchester City’s crucial clash with Tottenham on Sunday, Pep Guardiola confirmed that he expects the England international to be out of action for at least three to four weeks.

Stones fell to the turf under pressure from Leandro Trossard, and could be seen clutching his hamstring as he limped off. It is likely he will miss the biggest game of the season yet, an away trip to Premier League leaders Arsenal, which will come too soon if Guardiola’s time frame is to be taken at face value.

Manchester City have been plagued with defensive injuries in the first half of the season, but both Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte are recovering from spells on the sidelines at just the right time, in light of Stones’ latest setback.

“Three weeks, one month,” Guardiola explained ahead of his side’s trip to North London this weekend.

“Unfortunately, [Stones will miss] a lot of games. Managers complain about a lot of games. It comes from World Cup.

“A few weeks and he will be back.”

Elsewhere, Phil Foden faces a race against time to prove his fitness following a persistent foot injury that has forced him out of action in recent weeks. It is likely the champions will field a similar side to the one that claimed a slender fourth round FA Cup win over Arsenal, with Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish providing the supporting cast for a rampant Erling Haaland.

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