The Lowdown: Stones suffers hamstring injury
The centre-back was named in England’s starting line-up to take on Germany in the Nations League on Monday night, but was forced off the pitch after 37 minutes due to sustaining a hamstring problem – as later confirmed by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.
The 28-year-old was replaced by his Sky Blues teammate Kyle Walker for the remainder of the game, and is now likely to face a spell on the sidelines in the Premier League as a result.
The Latest: Romano’s reaction
Taking to Twitter, Romano reacted to Stones’ gutting injury, but praised the City hierarchy for signing Akanji in the summer to cover for defensive situations like this. He wrote:
“Bad news for Manchester City as it seems John Stones has sustained a hamstring injury.
“But again, very good strategy in the summer when City board decided to sign Akanji on permanent deal in the final days as ‘jolly/opportunity’ and with no plans to sell any CB.”
The Verdict: Blow for Guardiola
Not having Stones available for selection for the Manchester derby on Sunday could come as a huge blow to Pep Guardiola, who will know just how much of an impact he has on his starting XI.
The Barnsley-born talent has provided two assists in just five top-flight starts this season, and currently averages a remarkable 96.8% pass success rate (WhoScored).
This ability to affect a game at both ends of the pitch is rare, so the City boss will no doubt be hoping to have Stones back at his disposal sooner rather than later.
Is losing Stones a blow for Man City?
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