Stones OUT for England after hip injury
Manchester City defender John Stones is set to miss England’s upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers against Ukraine and Scotland after suffering a hip injury.
The 27-year-old has been out of action since City’s Community Shield win over Leicester City in August, and is now expected to be sidelined until September.
Stones’ absence is a major blow to England boss Gareth Southgate, who is already without Tyrone Mings and Harry Maguire for the qualifiers.
Mings is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, while Maguire is yet to play for Manchester United this season due to a calf problem.
Stones’ injury is also a major setback for City, who are currently top of the Premier League table.
The defender has been a key part of Pep Guardiola’s side in recent years, and his absence will be a big loss for the club.
Guardiola is hoping that Bernardo Silva could be fit for City’s next match against Sheffield United on Sunday.
The Portuguese midfielder has also been out injured, but Guardiola is confident that he will be back in contention soon.
City are also keen to tie Silva down to a new contract, with the 27-year-old’s current deal due to expire in 2025.
Guardiola said: “It will be my dream like Kyle [Walker].”
Walker has agreed to stay at City, and Guardiola is hoping that Silva will follow suit.
The Spanish manager is determined to keep his key players at the club, and he is confident that he can do so.
City are one of the favorites to win the Premier League this season, and they will be hoping that Stones and Silva can return to full fitness soon.
The duo’s absence has been a blow to the club, but Guardiola is confident that they will be back in action soon.