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John Stones | Defensemen | #77

Team: Manchester City
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/28/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 159

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Pep Guardiola believes John Stones will be ready for the World Cup as he works his way back to full fitness.
An abductor injury has kept the City defender sidelined for almost three weeks, but Stones is on the mend and should play a part during the run-in. "It is getting better," said Guardiola. "Hopefully he can play the last games." When asked if he thought the 23-year-old would be ready for the World Cup finals in Russia, the Spaniard replied: "I think he will be fine, yes." Stones has had a disappointing 2018 with just three Premier League starts having begun the season well. The return of captain Vincent Kompany and the excellent form of Nicolás Otamendi has limited him to less than 12 hours of football – across all domestic competitions – since January. He did however, feature in England’s two recent friendly internationals against Netherlands and Italy. Despite an assured performance in Amsterdam, Stones endured a mixed evening at Wembley four days later, gifting Ciro Immobile an early chance and is still prone to mistakes. Apr 22 - 3:53 PM
Source: Sky Sports


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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that defender John Stones is a doubt for the week due to an adductor injury.

The former Everton star missed the Manchester derby this weekend with the injury and is not expected to take part in the club's Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Liverpool tomorrow after not training Monday, along with defender Danilo. Said Guardiola: "In the last game, he had concussion with the national team, he could not play at Everton and did not train. And then before United again he felt something in his adductor and it was not perfect, so I decided not to take a risk. He knows the confidence I have in him, this season he grew up. He has to fight with these guys to convince me [he should play]."
Apr 9 - 4:19 PM

Manchester City are hopeful that a club record splurge will be enough to sign Athletic Bilbao centre-back Aymeric Laporte.

The BBC report that the transfer will amount to £57 million, £2 million more than they spent for Kevin De Bruyne. The bid will trigger the release clause in the 23 year-old Frenchman's contract. Laporte has been at the Basque club since he was 16, and he made his debut in 2012, going on to play on 222 occasions for the side. He is currently uncapped for France. It is not thought that Guardiola is hoping to sign Laporte as a first team starter, more so as a reliable third option behind Otamendi and Stones with Kompany's fitness a constant issue and Mangala's performances erratic. City's shallow squad depth in this department was briefly exposed before Christmas when Stones was out with a long-term problem. City are also chasing the signing of Jonny Evans, but he is unlikely to be signed unless Mangala leaves Manchester in this window.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 25 - 7:11 AM

Manchester City's is in incredible form, and things could get a whole lot better this week with defensive reinforcements.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that defenders Vincent Kompany, Fabian Delph, and John Stones are all expected to return from injury in the next couple days, possibly as early as Sunday against Crystal Palace. It comes as a big relief as Kompany left the club's midweek match with Newcastle with an early injury that turned out to be a knock. After missing the last month with a hamstring injury, Stones is also pushing for a return right around New Years. "John Stones is also much better. Yesterday he made first complete training session. But he is not ready for 90 minutes. I think he will be fit for the next game which is huge news for us."
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 01:31:00 AM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola won't have to wait much longer to see reinforcements in defense.

John Stones has missed the last month of the season after sustaining a hamstring strain that has thinned City's backline. That, combined with an injury to Vincent Kompany last weekend, doesn't give Guardiola too many options as the club enters the festive period. However, Guardiola said he is hopeful Kompany can return in the next week, although not tomorrow against Spurs, while Stones is eyeing a return around Boxing Day: "He’s much, much better. I think he’s at four weeks [of his recovery]. The doctor said he would be out between four and six. In one or two weeks, he will be ready."
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 01:16:00 AM

Manchester City's John Stones said he's right on track to return for Manchester City toward the end of the festive period.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola originally said the young center-back would be missing for four to six weeks after suffering a hamstring injury two weeks ago against Leicester City, and Stones said over the weekend that it looks like he's right on schedule. "It's been a long time since I've been out injured - the rehab is going well and hopefully I'll be back soon. I'd like to be back out there for Christmas but let's see where it goes. I think it might be just after." Nicolas Otamendi and Vincent Kompany have been the club's starting center-halves of late although the busy festive period will test the club's depth.
Source: Sky Sports
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 06:05:00 PM

John Stones reveals it is likely to be early 2018 before he makes a return to first-team action.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Stones admitted his rehab "is going well" but a return this month looks improbable. "I'd like to be back out there for Christmas but let's see where it goes," he said. "[However] I think it might be just after." Fortunately, the loss of Stones coincided with the return of Vincent Kompany, although given the skippers injury record in recent years, Pep knows he cannot rely fully on the Belgium international. Nicolas Otamendi has formed the mainstay of the City defence this season, starting all but one Premier League game, but elsewhere there is a serious lack of quality centrally which could force Guardiola to spend during the January window. Eliaquim Mangala demonstrated once again this weekend that he isn’t fit for purpose and City could be ready to make a move for Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez to bolster their ranks.
Source: Sky Sports
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 04:24:00 PM

Manchester City will be pushed to the limits of its bench following another injury to a defensive starter.

The club is already without starting left-back Benjamin Mendy and will now be without John Stones for at least the next month after he suffered a hamstring injury against Leicester City over the weekend, with saw him leave in the 31st minute. Without Stones, look for Vincent Kompany and Eliaquim Managal to fill in, although that leaves the club thin in defense. Said manager Pep Guardiola: "He will be out for a long time, I think -- a muscular problem -- maybe four to six weeks. The only problem is we have a lot games and John was in that moment -- the way he played with the ball and without it, leading the back four."
Source: ESPN FC
Tue, Nov 21, 2017 05:18:00 PM

Manchester City suffered a first half setback after John Stones pulled up sharply chasing a ball over the top.

The England international has been in excellent form this season and the sight of Stones limping off on the half hour mark will be a huge concern for Pep Guardiola. City have twelve games between now and the end of 2017, and if tests confirm a hamstring tear, then potentially, the centre-back could miss at least 3-4 weeks. Fortunately, Vincent Kompany returned to the match-day squad at Leicester replacing the suspended Otamendi, but given the captains chequered injury past, City’s defence is beginning to look a little exposed with Benjamin Mendy ruled out until April. Eliaquim Mangala is available, while Pep hinted during Friday’s press conference that Kyle Walker could provide cover centrally if needed. City has been linked to Espanyol defender Aaron Martin and France Under-21 starlet Mouctar Diakhaby in recent weeks with Pep expected to strengthen during the January transfer window.
Source: Goal.com
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 11:27:00 AM

Manchester City defender John Stones will be back in the squad on Tuesday when the club faces West Brom.

Stones has missed the last month of action after picking up a knock against Hull City at the beginning of April. But Guardiola confirmed Stones will be back in the team for the final two matches of the season. Tuesday's home final will already be a farewell for Pablo Zabaleta, who informed the club that he will leave in the summer, but it could very well be the last home game for Gael Clichy, Aleksandar Kolarov and Bacary Sagna, who could face summer exits as Guardiola looks to inject some youth into his side.
Tue, May 16, 2017 01:05:00 PM

Manchester City will be waiting on the fitness of several key players ahead of the FA Cup semifinals with Arsenal on Sunday.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that defender John Stones and midfielder Fabian Delph both missed the club's 3-0 win over Southampton last weekend due to minor injuries that will be assessed this week. Both Stones and Delph have become consistent starters for the Sky Blues, with Delph adding an attacking flair in his role in central midfield. Ahead of the trip to Wembley this weekend, the club will also wait on the fitness of Bacary Sagna as the French international has missed the last month with an adductor injury.
Wed, Apr 19, 2017 12:17:00 PM

John Stones' injury is not as bad as initially feared and the Man City centre-back could be available for the trip to Anfield on New Year’s Eve.

Stones was making his first start in three matches but lasted less than 20 minutes when he was forced off after sustaining an injury during the opening exchanges against Hull. "He had a huge kick in his knee," said Pep Guardiola. "He could not run and that’s why we changed." They were concerns that Stones had damaged ligaments, however, further tests confirmed "it is just a kick, not anything [else]." There was also good news regarding Pablo Zabaleta [knee] who returned, ahead of schedule, to the City bench on Boxing Day after limping off against Arsenal just eight days earlier. Meanwhile, the Citizens will welcome Sergio Aguero back amongst the ranks as the Argentine has now completed his four-game ban.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 08:28:00 AM

John Stones was forced to anchor a makeshift defense but City rode a penalty and an own goal to an opening day win.

With Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi and Eliquim Mangala all unavailable new center back John Stones partnered Aleksandar Kolarov in central defense. It was never entirely comfortable but City did just enough in front of Wily Caballero who replaced Joe Hart.
Source: Espnfc.com
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 02:32:00 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola gave his first prematch press conference, clarifying the status of his back-line.

Said Guardiola before Saturday's season opener against Sunderland: "Stones has had a lack of time with his teammates but he reads the game...He reads what’s going on and what he needs to do – I think he’s ready. Nicolas is much, much better – he had a problem with his tendon. He will be fit but we have a little, little eye on the game in Romania so we’ll see tomorrow whether he’ll play against Sunderland." All signs point to Stones starting in his debut, although Guardiola has gone with Fernando and Aleksandar Kolarov as center-halves in preseason friendlies this summer.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 04:05:00 AM

Manchester City has followed up their rivals blockbuster move with one of its own in the signing of Everton defender John Stones.

Manchester City confirmed the £47.5million signing of the 22-year-old just hours after Paul Pogba was revealed by Manchester United. Stones, who signed a six-year contract through 2021, becomes the club's eighth signing of the summer. Said the defender: "I'm absolutely delighted to sign for City and now the deal's done I'm looking forward to the next stage in my career. I've obviously seen what's going on here at the Etihad, it's an ambitious Club with a great manager so I can't wait to get stuck in and help achieve the goals."
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 06:14:00 AM