Stones could be out six weeks with hamstring injury

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Richard Heathcote
The England defender pulled up with a hamstring issue in the first half against Leicester, and could be out until 2018

Manchester City centre-back John Stones could miss up to six weeks after leaving Saturday's match against Leicester City with a hamstring issue. 

 

The England defender pulled up clutching his hamstring 28 minutes into the contest at the King Power Stadium, and had to be replaced by Eliaquim Mangala. 

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The 23-year-old initially appeared to be suffering discomfort in his hamstring during England's friendly with Brazil on Tuesday, and his injury on Saturday seemed to be a continuation of that problem. 

In his post-match press conference, Pep Guardiola confirmed the 23-year-old is set for an extended spell on the sidelines. 

"It is unfortunate for us and for John and I think he might be out for six weeks with that type of injury," Guardiola said.

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"We don't have a lot of central defenders, but the spirit in the team – and with all the players – is good so we are going to find a solution."

Vincent Kompany made his own return from injury on Saturday and he looks set to be given a run of games in the centre of high-flying City's defence. 

City would go on to defeat Leicester 2-0 thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne – the club's 10th straight league win.

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