Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

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Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Stones Will Debut against Black Cats ; for All the Latest City News, Log on to Our Live Daily Blog Manchestereveningnews.Co.UK

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JOHN Stones is ready to make his City debut against Sunderland.

The Pounds 47.5m signing will be put straight into the Blues team after signing this week, with Pep Guardiola short of fully-fit centre-backs.

Having played in a number of pre-season friendlies with Everton, Stones has been backed to use his intelligence to gel with team- mates.

"Finally we could pick John Stones up and it's important for us to have a young, English player with a huge talent," said Guardiola. "Not just to defend but for the build-up, his intelligence and the ability to play through the lines.

"Stones has had a lack of time with his team-mates but he reads the game so there are people who are intelligent.

"He reads what's going on and what he needs to do - I think he's ready. …

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