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Manchester City and England defender John Stones will probably be out for between four and five weeks after suffering a muscle injury.
Where City are planning for Wednesday’s Champions League group match with Shakhtar Donetsk, stones suffered the injury on Tuesday from Ukraine.
The injury is a drawback for City, who are also without Aymeric Laporte.
It renders City with a single based defender in Nicolas Otamendi.
The harm came as City prepare for a period of games in Carabao Cup, Champions League and the Premier League.
Stones, 25, would miss up to eight league and cup matches for dominating Premier League champions City, who suffered a surprise 3-2 defeat at Norwich last Saturday.
“”For me personally as a manager it is an unbelievable struggle,” said City boss Pep Guardiola after revealing the news about Stones’ harm during a news conference.
“However, I believe in something people do not know about – spirit and dedication. We’ll make steps forward to solve this problem.”
City amuse Watford on Saturday prior to playing Championship Preston at Deepdale in the third round of their EFL Cup next Tuesday.
Five times before inviting sailors city are off to Everton on 28 September, host Dinamo Zagreb.
Following the fracture that is international, Pep Guardiola’s side are on 19 October after which host Italian side Atalanta at the Champions League three times afterwards.
After being carried off through the 4-0 win over Brighton on 31 25, 25, france centre-back Laporte, had surgery on his knee.
City are second in the Premier League table, five points behind leaders Liverpool.
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