Guardiola gives injury update on Stones for midweek clash with Real Madrid

Guardiola gives injury update on Stones for midweek clash with Real Madrid

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Published on 2024-04-14 13:19:42

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola provided an update on John Stones’ fitness ahead of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final clash with Real Madrid, revealing that the defender had some niggles but was not injured. Stones missed the team’s recent Premier League victory due to the discomfort. Despite the injury concerns, Guardiola did not rule out Stones featuring in Wednesday’s crucial second-leg match against Real Madrid.

Manchester City secured a 5-1 win over Luton Town, with Mateo Kovacic, Erling Haaland, Jeremy Doku, and Josko Gvardiol all finding the net. This victory extended their unbeaten run to 27 matches and helped them move to the top of the Premier League table. Guardiola made several changes to the lineup and named Kyle Walker and Nathan Ake on the bench as they returned from recent injury issues.

The second-leg of the quarter-final tie will take place at the Etihad Stadium, with Manchester City aiming to eliminate Real Madrid from the competition for the second consecutive season. Despite Stones’ fitness concerns, Guardiola remains hopeful that the defender can play a part in the crucial match. The Blues will carry a 3-3 draw into the second-leg after a thrilling first-leg encounter with Real Madrid.

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