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Stones out until after international break

Updated on August 22, 2023
Written by Chris
Stones out until after international break
  • Stones set to be sidelined until after the international break 
  • Defender  could miss key Euro qualifier
  • City also coping without De Bruyne

Manchester City defender John Stones is set  to be out of action until after the international break, manager Pep Guardiola has stated.

Stones, 29, picked up a muscle injury during pre-season and was absent from City’s first two Premier League matches. He remained on the bench during their Super Cup victory.

The upcoming international break is scheduled between the 4th and 12th of September.

Stones likely to miss Ukraine and Scotland games

As a result of his injury, Stones might not be available for England’s Euro qualifier against Ukraine and a friendly against Scotland next month. Bettors will need to consider whether his absence is likely to greatly affect England, who have a 100% record in qualification, ahead of these matches.

City also dealing with De Bruyne injury blow

He is expected to miss Manchester City’s next two Premier League fixtures: against Sheffield United on the 27th of August and Fulham on the 2nd of September.

The club is also dealing with the absence of key midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, who underwent surgery for a hamstring injury. He could potentially be sidelined for a period of four months. However, despite the absence of these two key players City have won both of their league games and beat Sevilla on penalties to win the European Super Cup. Punters need to evaluate whether these absences will affect Guardiola’s side in the longer term.

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Chris is a former athlete and a qualified PE teacher. He is a keen football fan, watching many matches at different levels throughout the season, and enjoys following many different sports. With betting and sports sites, he has a keen eye for detail and can to highlight positives and negatives for users. His experience in sport as a performer, teacher, writer and fan allows him to see things from many different perspectives.

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