Hammer blow for Man City: John Stones ruled out for 4 to 5 weeks

Manchester City have today been dealt a major blow on the personnel front, after John Stones picked up an injury in training.

City downed by Norwich

Pep Guardiola’s men travelled to Carrow Road this past weekend, hoping to close the gap on early Premier League pace-setters Liverpool.

Following the Reds’ comfortable victory over Newcastle on Saturday afternoon, the distance to 2nd-placed City had opened to 5 points.

As such, the champions headed into proceedings at Norwich aware that nothing but a 3-point haul would suffice.

What subsequently unfolded over the ensuing 90 minutes, however, proved the shock of the early weeks of the English top-flight campaign.

Strikes from all of Kenny McLean, Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki eventually saw City downed by 3 goals to 2.

Stones crocked

Understandably, a key talking point on the back of the Sky Blues’ defeat at Carrow Road surrounded their lack of defensive stability.

The English champions were recently dealt a major blow on the injury front, when star stopper Aymeric Laporte was ruled out until the new year.

The Frenchman’s absence proved telling against Norwich, with City’s only fit recognized central defenders, in the form of John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi, having majorly struggled.

As such, news that Stones has today picked up an injury of his own will no doubt come as a huge source of concern for all associated with the Citizens.

Speaking in a press conference a short time ago, Pep Guardiola confirmed that English international Stones suffered a muscular issue in training, and has been ruled out for 4 to 5 weeks:

Guardiola also provided an insight into his plans for the heart of City’s backline over the coming weeks, amid his side’s severely limited options:

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