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Stones injury not as bad as feared, Guardiola reveals

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says John Stones will miss the game against Chelsea but his injury is not as bad as first feared.

After John Stones was forced off at half-time of the Champions League win against Young Boys with a muscular problem, Guardiola said he would be out of action for a while.

Ahead of Sunday’s clash with Chelsea, Guardiola said Stones will miss this game, but his injury is not serious.

Guardiola said at a press conference: “He is injured. He is not ready (for Sunday) and we will see when we come back from the international break.

“The doctor said to me it’s not as bad (as first thought). but I still don’t know when he’s going to be fit.”

Man City manager also said Kevin De Bruyne is getting better after his surgery but has not returned to training.

Guardiola said: “I spoke to him two days ago and he said, ‘I feel really good’ but still he is not training with us and not running much.

“I don’t know but it is the last time (period) before he comes back to train with us.

“I would like to say in two weeks or three weeks. but these type of injuries are better not to put any pressure on. When he feels good, the doctors and physios say go to the next step, then he is coming. Like John Stones, recover without pressure.

“Kevin’s was a tough injury with surgery, so step by step.”

Manchester City qualified for the Champions League knockout stages for the 11th successive year last week. Guardiola believes they should celebrate their success because it will not last forever.

He said: “I can’t make any comment about Chelsea because I’m not there but always we remind ourselves. Last Tuesday we qualified and I told the players to celebrate because, maybe one day, if we stop doing what we do or the opponents are better than us, we will not be there.

“What we have done is the past. If we are not doing well we will go down, and the down may never end. You can go down more.

“So, take perspective, be calm and (enjoy) good moments. For every team around the world, not just the fact that we are Man City and the last years have been good, (it does not mean) it will happen in the future.

If you are aware of that, you are closer to still being consistent in Europe for many years.

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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