John Stones, a defender for Manchester City, may return to full fitness in the upcoming weeks, according to Pep Guardiola.
Due to what appears to be a hip ailment, the Englishman has yet to play for the Citizens in the Premier League this year.
The City manager has revealed some behind-the-scenes details regarding the center-back’s availability ahead of this weekend’s away Premier League matchup against Wolves.
In a recent press conference held in advance of Saturday’s game at Molineux, Guardiola discussed Stones’ condition and potential return to duty.
John Stones is not prepared, he declared. De Bruyne’s Kevin is not prepared. Bernardo isn’t doing well. The rest seem fine to me. [John Stones] is significantly superior. He feels fantastic. He is working out alone right now, but he might start after Leipzig next week or later.”
The Englishman has made 230 appearances across all competitions since joining the Manchester club in 2016 in a £47.5 million trade from Everton. He has contributed 15 goals and five assists while winning five Premier League championships.
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The 29-year-old played a key role in City winning the Champions League last season by making 34 appearances for the team in all competitions and playing defensive midfield against Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, and Inter Milan.
Guardiola praised Stones for his work in that midfield position back in June, calling him a “incredible” player for the way he manages the middle of the field.
With all of that in mind, it will undoubtedly be a huge plus for the manager and the fans to have the Englishman back in the lineup and playing a significant role in their success.