Pep Guardiola issue injury update on three Man City players


Bernardo Silva and John Stones won’t be fit to return for Manchester City at Wolves this weekend and the Blues will also be without Kevin De Bruyne for the trip to Molineux.

Pep Guardiola’s side train on Friday afternoon but Bernardo Silva, John Stones and De Bruyne are still absent.

Bernardo Silva sustained a problem during City’s opening UEFA Champions League group stage fixture last week, as he was replaced before the half-time interval of the 3-1 win over Crvena zvezda.

Stones has featured in just one game for Manchester City this season so far, and remains ruled out for the weekend’s contest against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

As for Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City’s vice-captain is expected to remain ruled out of action until early 2024 after he underwent surgery on a hamstring problem aggravated following the 0-3 Premier League opening victory over Burnley in August.

City have got players returning from injury, with Mateo Kovacic and Jack Grealish back in action this week and set to be involved as Guardiola’s side seek a seventh successive Premier League win to start the season.

Asked about the fitness of his squad, Guardiola said: “I think John is still not ready, Kevin is not ready, Bernardo is not okay, I think the rest is fine.”

But Stones, who hasn’t played since the Community Shield due to a muscle injury, could be in line for a return next week and is currently training on his own as part of his recovery process.

“He’s better, we spoke and he feels good, [he is] training alone. Maybe next week or after Leipzig [he returns to training].”

Stones could have been utilised this week with Rodri suspended, but Guardiola added: “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.”

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