City sweat on fitness of Stones and De Bruyne
Manchester City’s 1-0 win at Bournemouth came at a cost as Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones both picked up injuries.
City boss Pep Guardiola replaced England defender Stones as a ‘precaution’ early in the second half following the recurrence of a groin issue, while he must wait to discover the extent of De Bruyne’s hamstring problem.
Guardiola believes the injuries are ‘physiological’ issues, with the club’s packed fixture list contributing to the problems.
‘John, I think, is more a precaution, we’ll see tomorrow.
He was a little bit tight, he didn’t feel good, and we didn’t take risks.
Hopefully it has not a big issue,’ said Guardiola.
‘And Kevin has something with his hamstring.
I don’t know (how long he will be out), tomorrow we’ll know exactly.
But it’s normal, my friends.
We played 25 games in, I think, 93 days.
It means every three days and a little bit more we play one game, so it’s a physiological issue.
‘These guys we demand play in that way every three days when the body is not already recovered, and of course sometimes the muscles say, ‘hello, it’s enough’.’