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More Woes For Man City Ahead of Arsenal Game As Another Key Player Picks Up Injury

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More Woes For Man City Ahead of Arsenal Game As Another Key Player Picks Up Injury

Manchester City star, John Stones fears he may miss the important clash against Arsenal on Sunday casting a shadow of uncertainty over the Etihad.

The English defender’s hopes hang in the balance after a muscle injury dealt a cruel blow during international duty with England.

Stones was one of only five players to play the full 90 minutes of England’s 1-0 defeat to Brazil at the weekend and continued his run in the side versus Belgium, though lasted just ten minutes of Tuesday’s friendly.

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Liverpool’s Joe Gomez came on in place of Stones, with Ezri Konsa switching to centre-back, as Jude Bellingham rescued a 2-2 draw for the Three Lions in their final match before this summer’s European Championships.

Gareth Southgate was unsure over the severity of Stones’ issue but confirmed that the City defender had sustained an adductor injury at his post-match press conference, which will have had Pep Guardiola sweating ahead of Sunday’s heavyweight encounter at the Etihad.

Stones missed 11 games for City at the start of the campaign due to a hip problem and has since been a mainstay in the side, with last year’s treble winners once again battling for honours on three fronts – in the Premier League, the Champions League and the FA Cup.

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But The Daily Star report that City are likely to be handed a significant blow given Stones is losing his fight to be fit for this weekend’s crunch match.

The England international, who has been deployed in midfield by Guardiola this season, is said to be pessimistic over his chances of being involved after undergoing scans in Manchester.

Stones’ City colleague Kyle Walker also finds himself in a desperate race to be fit to face the Gunners after injuring his hamstring in England’s opening Euro 2024 warm-up friendly with Brazil.

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The full-back pulled up after only 20 minutes and was replaced by Aston Villa defender Konsa before Endrick came on and scored the only goal of the game at Wembley.

John Stones, Kyle Walker, Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo

Stones & Walker have both picked up injuries / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

Kevin De Bruyne is expected to be available to take on Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal after missing City’s victory over Newcastle with a groin injury prior to the international break.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are said to be hopeful of entering the contest with a strong squad, with Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Magalhaes and Gabriel Martinelli all in line to be involved despite some concern over the trio’s fitness.

It remains to be seen whether Thomas Partey and Takehiro Tomiyasu could play a part after the pair featured in a behind-closed-doors match with QPR last week.

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Partey managed an hour after missing several months with a hamstring injury, while Tomiyasu got 45 minutes under his belt as he stepped up his recovery from a muscle issue.

As the countdown to the clash against Arsenal intensifies, City’s fans brace themselves for a nail-biting wait, fervently hoping for Stones’ swift recovery to fortify the defensive line against their title rivals.

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