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Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 11:22
Stones injury further depletes Man City's central defense
By Associated Press
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 11:22 By Associated Press

Manchester City's English defender John Stones attends a press conference at City Football Academy in Manchester, north west England on April 16, 2019, the eve of their UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg football match against Tottenham Hotspur. (LINDSEY PARNABY / AFP)

MANCHESTER, England - Manchester City will be without John Stones for around five weeks because of an injury, further depleting the Premier League champion's central defensive options.

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City manager Pep Guardiola says Stones sustained an unspecified muscular problem in a practice session on Tuesday ahead of the team's Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk.

It leaves City with Nicolas Otamendi as its only fit center back. Aymeric Laporte is already sidelined and could be out until the start of 2020.

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Guardiola says "for me as a manager it is an incredible challenge. But I believe in something people don't know about - spirit and commitment. We will make steps forward to solve this problem."

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