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Top Manchester City star fears he will miss Arsenal clash due to injury

Top Manchester City star fears he will miss Arsenal clash due to injury

John Stones worries that his injury to his muscle during his England international duty will mean he will have to miss Manchester City’s match against title rivals Arsenal at the top of the table.

The 29-year-old continued his run in the team against Belgium, though he only played ten minutes of Tuesday’s friendly. He was one of only five players to play the whole of England’s 1-0 loss to Brazil over the weekend.

In the final game before this summer’s European Championships, Jude Bellingham saved a 2-2 draw for the Three Lions, with Joe Gomez of Liverpool replacing Stones and Ezri Konsa moving to center-back.

In his post-match press conference, Gareth Southgate confirmed that Stones had suffered an adductor injury. Although he was unsure of the extent of the injury, Pep Guardiola must have been worried ahead of Sunday’s heavyweight match at the Etihad.

Due to a hip issue, Stones missed 11 games for City at the beginning of the season. Since then, he has been a mainstay in the team, as the treble winners from the previous season are once again competing for three titles: the Premier League, the Champions League, and the FA Cup.

However, The Daily Star reports that given Stones’ declining state of fitness for this weekend’s crucial game, City will probably suffer a serious setback.

After receiving scans in Manchester, the England international, who Guardiola has started this season in midfield, is reportedly gloomy about his chances of playing.

Kyle Walker, Stones’ City teammate, is also in a desperate race to be fit for the Gunners’ match after hamstring strain during England’s opening warm-up match against Brazil for Euro 2024.

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After just 20 minutes, the full-back pulled up, and Konsa, an Aston Villa defender, took his place. Endrick then entered the game and scored the game’s lone goal at Wembley.

Kevin De Bruyne is anticipated to be fit to play against Mikel Arteta and Arsenal. He was injured in his groin before the international break, which prevented him from playing in City’s victory over Newcastle.

While there has been some uncertainty regarding the fitness of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Magalhaes, and Gabriel Martinelli, Arsenal is reportedly hoping to field a strong team for the match.

After making an appearance in a QPR match last week behind closed doors, it is unclear if Thomas Partey and Takehiro Tomiyasu will be involved.

After missing several months due to a hamstring injury, Partey was able to play for an hour, and Tomiyasu advanced his recuperation from a muscle problem by playing for 45 minutes.

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