Manchester City defender John Stones has been ruled out for up to five weeks using a injury, says Pep Guardiola.
The difficulty was endured by the England centre-back in training before City’s Champions League opener against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.
Stones returned on Saturday after recovering in an muscular problem, with all the shock 3-2 defeat Norwich being his very first appearance in the Premier League because the opening day win at West Ham.
Guardiola said on Tuesday:”He [Stones] is out four, five or six weeks. That morning, he had been injured in training. It’s a muscle problem.”
Stones’ absence will increase the defensive issues for Guardiola, with Aymeric Laporte very inclined to be ruled out until January.
Guardiola added:”For me personally as a manager it is an unbelievable challenge. But I think in something people don’t know about – spirit and dedication. We will make steps ahead to address this issue.”