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Why John Stones and Aymeric Laporte are missing for Manchester City against RB Leipzig

Why John Stones and Aymeric Laporte are missing for Manchester City against RB Leipzig

Manchester City kick off their Champions League season

Manchester City are set to kick off their Champions League campaign for this season with a tricky home tie against RB Leipzig this evening.

The Citizens are coming off the back of three straight wins, scoring 11 goals and failing to concede in the process. Their opponents, on the other hand, have endured a torrid start to the Bundesliga season. Of their opening four games, they have won just one, and were heavily beaten by Bayern Munich 4-1 last time out.

As was expected, Pep Guardiola has named a strong side for the tie, including a first start of the season for Kevin De Bruyne, and the return of Phil Foden to the bench, both welcome returnees.

However, the absentees mount.

Guardiola explains why Laporte and Stones are missing

Perhaps the biggest surprise comes at centre-back, where Ruben Dias is partnered by Nathan Ake, whose only prior start this season had been in the opening day defeat to Tottenham. The Dutchman had since been replaced by Aymeric Laporte.

However, Guardiola provided an insight into why Ake is starting today, by explaining the reasoning behind the omissions of John Stones and Aymeric Laporte. Indeed, he revealed that both picked up injuries on international duty.

The Spaniard said:

“He’s [Stones] injured from the national team. The same like Laporte.”

This will leave some fans scratching their heads, given the fact that Laporte played ninety minutes against Leicester just three days ago, but Ake will surely view this as another opportunity to stake a claim for his place in the City side.

Read more:

Manchester City dealt blow ahead of RB Leipzig as Laporte & Stones miss training on Tuesday

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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