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John Stones | Defensemen | #26

Team: Everton
Age / DOB:  (21) / 5/28/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 154

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Everton fans will breathe a little easier with the news that John Stones did not suffer an injury against Liverpool after being subbed off early on Wednesday.
It looked as though Everton could be without all three of its senior center-backs after John Stones went to ground and was taken off in the second half, requiring Muhamed Besic and James McCarthy to play as makeshift central defenders following Ramiro Funes Mori's sending off. But the defender, who has been linked with summer moves to Manchester City and Chelsea this summer, confirmed he was suffering from illness that caused him to have stomach cramps. With Phil Jagielka injured, Stones could be joined by another youth product in Tyias Browning or Brendan Galloway along the back-line for the FA Cup meeting with Manchester United this weekend. Apr 22 - 12:36 AM
Source: Daily Mirror

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Everton is set to see the return of two key defenders for the final stretch of the season as Bryan Oviedo and John Stones are fit for the weekend.

After starting seven straight Premier League matches following his return from a long-term injury, Oviedo fell victim to a flu bug that was sweeping through the team. A chest infection ruled the Costa Rican out for two matches and he only just returned to full training during the past week. Meanwhile, Stones has struggled for playing time recently due to the form of Ramiro Funes Mori and a knock. But Martinez confirmed that the heralded young defender is available for Sunday's match against Manchester United, as is Kevin Mirallas, who returns from a two-match ban.
Apr 1 - 11:17 AM

Everton manager Roberto Martinez revealed more good injury news as John Stones has returned to light training following a hamstring injury.

Martinez said he hopes the defender can be available to face West Bromwich Albion on Saturday after it initially looked as though Stones would be out until the FA Cup in two weeks: "Yesterday we had a very productive day in respect [of injuries]. John had a really good feeling after his work and we are hoping that he can join the group this week leading up to the West Brom game." However, starting Stones this week presents a bit of a risk as it is unclear whether Stones will be risked to start in his return with Ramiro Funes Mori filling in last weekend. But West Brom has only scored one goal in its last four Premier League matches, making Everton defenders a hot pick for the weekend.
Feb 9 - 6:20 PM

Everton's defensive starters continue to struggle to be fit at the same time as Roberto Martinez revealed John Stones will miss at least the upcoming week with a hamstring problem.

Said Martinez: "John had a niggle in his hamstring. We had the scan yesterday and it was all clear. It’s more fatigue, a reaction in his hamstring. We’ll probably have to give him a little bit of a period to regenerate but I expect him to be back in the next week to 10 days." The England prodigy missed Wednesday's match against Newcastle and will certainly miss the trip to Stoke this weekend. Ramiro Funes Mori filled in for Stones and is expected to do so this weekend as well. It would be best to play things safe in your team during the next two Premier League matches and keep Stones on the bench in draft leagues while he recovers fully.
Feb 4 - 6:31 AM

Everton has avoided a defensive crisis on its hands after defender John Stones was cleared to face Leicester City after sustaining separate knocks on Saturday.

Manager Roberto Martinez told the club website that Stones was assessed this week immediately following the club's draw with Norwich City: "There has been no reaction. He twisted his ankle in the warm-up at Norwich and then got a knock to his knee, but he's had no effect from that - he's in perfect condition for the weekend." Stones is expected to start while captain Phil Jagielka continues to progress in light training. Martinez said the club could have Jagielka back before the New Year as he is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a knee injury.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 03:53:00 PM

Everton could be boosted by the return of John Stones and Seamus Coleman this weekend as the Toffees welcome Man United to Goodison Park.

Coleman played in Poland for the Republic of Ireland last Sunday and comes back into Roberto Martinez thinking while John Stones has spent the last week at Finch Farm battling to overcome a minor knee ligament injury. The Toffees coach had this to say about the England international "From a medical point of view I don’t think there's a concern. It'll be a matter of match fitness." Leighton Baines, Tom Cleverley and Steven Pienaar are all hoping to be back before the next international break [in November]. The trio have re-joined the main group and should be available within the next 2/3 weeks. Mo Besic and Tony Hibbert won’t be too far behind.
Source: Clubcall
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 10:42:00 AM

Everton eased through to the fourth round of the Capital One cup on Tuesday but the game wasn’t without its moments which included John Stones limping to the sidelines just minutes into the second half.

However Roberto Martinez was quick to ease any growing fears by confirming "He had a little bit of a knock in his right knee and we couldn't take any risks. He will be assessed over the next 48 hours but I don't expect it to be anything too serious." The Toffees travel to the Hawthorns on Monday night and hope to make it 4-games unbeaten on a ground where the visitors have a decent PL record (W4, D1) from the last nine matches. Everton came from behind to beat Reading - League Cup - in a game which saw Ross Barkley score on his 100th appearance for the club and Gerard Deulofeu grab the winner in his first start of the campaign.
Source: The Mirror
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 04:42:00 AM

As Roberto Martinez enters his most challenging week yet as Everton manager, he might now have another player to replace as Tom Cleverley leaves the pitch on a stretcher…

The value of John Stones is seemingly increasing by the minute. Not just because Chelsea are intent on lurching from one drama to another – although that doesn’t hurt. But by another immaculate display, this time at the expense of last season’s great white hope Harry Kane. Yes, he was aided and abetted by Seamus Coleman, demonstrating that there is more than one Everton defender that big clubs will pay big money for. And Goalkeeper Tim Howard back to his athletic best. But the loss of Stones would be a crushing blow, no matter the number of zeros added to Everton’s end of year figures or who arrives in his place. Talking of new arrivals, the injury to Tom Cleverley should give an extended run in the team to Kevin Mirallas. But might also prompt the pursuit of another midfield player, in addition to striker Leonardo Rodriguez and defender Ramiro Funes Mori.
Source: bbc.co.uk
Sun, Aug 30, 2015 10:12:00 AM

John Stones started for Everton today amidst rumors that he might be headed to Chelsea.

Chelsea have reportedly made more than one bid for the defender and many believe Stones will end up in London before the end of the transfer deadline, but he started and played for Everton today in their match against Barnsley. This is just a reminder that not all rumors turn true and Stones could remain an Everton player this season. Follow the story as it develops but feel free to continue using Stones in leagues that award points for defensive stats.
Source: Sky Sports
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 04:43:00 PM

Roberto Martinez has accused Chelsea skipper John Terry of ‘illegal’ comments regarding the future of Everton center-back – and Chelsea target – John Stones…

It’s not the first time that Chelsea in general and John Terry in particular has been accused of playing by their own rules - and it won’t be the last. But it is the latest. The comment in question was Terry saying that Chelsea are looking at players to add to their squad, naming John Stones as ‘one for the future’. Whether this actually breaches rules is one for the FA suits to decide (or more likely, ignore). But Martinez has already clashed with Jose Mourinho over his very public pursuit of Stones and this latest spat will not help anyone. You worry that Everton could suffer the most though. Whether he stays or goes, Stones will be inevitably affected and Everton face a punishing start to the campaign. Hosting man City and Chelsea, plus trips to Southampton and Tottenham in their first five fixtures. With Liverpool, Man United and Arsenal consecutively in October.
Source: bbc.co.uk
Fri, Aug 7, 2015 06:22:00 AM

Chelsea go cool on Everton defender John Stones as Jose Mourinho declares his transfer window closed…

Jose Mourinho has suggested that the pursuit of Everton center-back John Stones is over, closing Chelsea’s transfer window and pulling down the blind. Of course, there is nothing to say that Jose won’t be peaking through said blind right up until the official closure on September 1st. And if he wanted to panic John Stones into action thinking he may be about to miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime, publicly withdrawing interest would be an effective way to do it. The worry for Roberto Martinez will be a monster £30m+ bid five minutes before midnight on deadline day, rendering him cash-rich but center-back-poor for the remainder of the season. Again, if Jose was looking to prompt a reaction from Everton in order to avoid this – he has done the smart thing. The mind games have started early…
Wed, Aug 5, 2015 07:20:00 AM

As injury problems mount for Everton – Darron Gibson, Mo Besic, Aiden McGeady and Tony Hibbert will all miss the start of the season – there is more bad news for Roberto Martinez concerning center-back John Stones. Manchester United have now made an enquiry…

It’s not been a good summer for Roberto Martinez and Everton. His intention was to strengthen each ‘line’ of his team – Defense, Midfield and Attack – but has spent most of his energies keeping his current squad intact. John Stones looks certain to go, with Chelsea’s second bid of £26m unlikely to be their last. And now that prime target Sergio Ramos is set to sign a new deal with Real Madrid, Manchester United have entered the race. United have an extra £45m in the pot from Angel Di Maria’s departure, so Everton can at least expect to get top dollar for Stones from a Chelsea v Man United bidding war. And Man City may yet still have a say. The Mirror report that United are ready to throw Jonny Evans into the package, which might appeal as Everton are down to the bare bones in central defense.
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 04:24:00 AM

Man City are reported to have entered the race to sign Everton defender John Stones, with Chelsea preparing a third bid…

Everton have so far resisted two bids from Chelsea for John Stones. An initial water-testing £20 million followed by a ‘let’s get serious’ £26m. But the noises coming out of both clubs suggest it is merely a question of finding the tipping point before the deal happens. Jose Mourinho has mused he might have offer a record-breaking figure to get his man. Gary Gahill has urged his young England team-mate to jump and Stone’s himself is apparently keen to go. Enter Man City… It seems that last season’s runners-up are getting twitchy about the Champions further strengthening, so are readying a bid themselves. Whether it is to bolster their own defense or just weaken Chelsea’s is not clear. But the bidding war it could create will at least provide Everton with that record fee they are after.
Source: The Mirror
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 06:53:00 AM

Everton are reported to be on the verge of signing center-back Aleksandar Dragovic from Dynamo Kiev. But is he a replacement for Sylvain Distin or John Stones…?

Signals coming out of Everton suggest they are close to signing a much needed center-back, but the mood is far from celebratory. Reports say the Toffees have moved ahead of Napoli in the race for Dynamo Kiev’s Austrian international Aleksandar Dragovic. The 29-year-old is being touted as a replacement for the departed Sylvain Distin, but many will be thinking that the deal is merely paving the way for John Stones to join Chelsea. Dragovic will cost around £9 million, which will leave plenty of change from the £30-odd million tag placed on Stones. But losing their prized asset on the eve of the season will be a huge blow to morale. With Romelu Lukaku possibly out for the big kick-off with a hamstring injury and a ‘disillusioned’ James McCarthy ready to open negotiations with Tottenham, it has not been a great for boss Roberto Martinez.
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 06:22:00 AM

Chelsea are reportedly planning to up their £20 million bid for Everton’s John Stones to £26m within the next 48-hrs – and Roberto Martinez looks to have lined up a replacement…

If anyone doubted that money would talk, Chelsea appear set to get their man sooner or later. Roberto Martinez is braced for an increased big of £26m in the next day or two for John Stones. Everton have placed a £34m price tag on the 21-year-old center-back but you suspect would settle for something midway between the two. Meanwhile, £10m of the fee looks to have been allocated to Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk. Martinez acknowledged that his squad was not complete and that central defence is a problem position. But whether the Dutch center-back is a replacement or reinforcement will become clear soon.
Source: The Mirror
Mon, Jul 27, 2015 06:25:00 AM