As Manchester City prepare for a crunch week with trips to Germany and London, how far away is John Stones from returning from injury? The England international has been sorely missed by the treble winners.
Stones was one of the key pieces in Manchester City’s treble-winning campaign last season. He became one of the most vital pieces of Pep Guardiola’s set-up as City romped to a historical treble. His role in midfield and at the back was a vital element of the champion’s success.
So far this season John Stones hasn’t played since the FA Community Shield penalty shootout defeat to Arsenal. The England international has been out with a hip injury ever since that game. With the treble winners missing De Bruyne, Rodri and Bernardo Silva, Stones loss has been a massive one on top of the other injuries.
Stones loss has been felt both in possession and at the back since he got injured. On top of the other key player’s injuries, the England international’s loss has been felt by Pep Guardiola’s side.
There may be some welcome news on the John Stones injury front this week. Manchester Evening News is reporting that the England international may be in line to return against RB Leipzig this week. City manager Pep Guardiola told the media before City’s loss to Wolves that Stones had resumed training on his own. He said: “He’s better, he feels good. Training alone. It is what it is. It’s a pity but if you are not you are not, have to find a solution. The players want to come back. Recover and come back.”
It could be a welcome return for Stones ahead of a vital week for Manchester City. His return would be a welcome addition to the City line-up.