Manchester City defender John Stones will be out of action until after the international break after manager Pep Guardiola confirmed.
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Stones who is 29 years of age, suffered a muscle injury in pre-season and missed City’s opening two Premier League matches and remained on the bench for their Super Cup win.
However, the next international break is between 4 and 12 September.
Manchester City’s key players out
Stones could miss England’s Euro qualifier against Ukraine and a friendly against Scotland next month.
John Stones is set to miss City’s next two Premier League games against Sheffield United on 27 August and Fulham on 2 September.
Pep Guardiola will be without key midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, who has had surgery on a hamstring injury and could be out of action for four months.
However, there was good news as City beat Newcastle on the weekend with Ruben Dias’ return to the side following a concussion.
Guardiola left Bernardo Silva out of the UEFA Super Cup and won over Newcastle due to reported illness issues.
The City boss described the playmaker as “out” of the weekend’s action but, if the talk of illness is true; his absence is not set to be a long one.
De Bruyne will return early next year after undergoing surgery on his hamstring.
“He is a very important player and it is not one or two weeks,” said Guardiola. “It’s four or five months.
“So we have to reflect a bit on the squad, and think about what we have to do.”
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After it was believed that a move to Barcelona was the player’s preference, the knowledge that one of Man City’s best players will sign on again will surely lift everyone at the club.
It will mean that even in de Bruyne’s absence, Guardiola will have some semblance of a settled midfield.