Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Injured Stones Hints at Early City Return

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Injured Stones Hints at Early City Return

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JOHN Stones is hoping to return in time for City's Christmas fixtures.

The England international has been out with a hamstring injury since the win over Leicester last month, and early indications put him out until January.

The latest update sounds like Stones is progressing well, and could return before the Watford game on January 2. He told Skysports: "I'd like to be back out there for Christmas, but I think it might be just after that."

City have been helped by Vincent Kompany's return to fitness - the Belgian's first game back was at Leicester when Stones hobbled off.

Guardiola will be impressed if his side can continue their winning ways without Stones in the team.

He said: "We don't have a big squad. It is a big pity we lost a month-and-ahalf of Vincent Kompany (to injury) and now John Stones. …

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