Manchester City suffer John Stones injury blow ahead of the derby

Manchester United’s upcoming weekend opponents Manchester City have suffered an injury blow.

Centre-back John Stones was injured during England’s UEFA Nations League match with Germany, suffering what appears to be a hamstring injury, The Mail report.

A hamstring injury would rule Stones out of the derby this weekend, due to be played on Sunday.

Stones, a £47.5 million signing for City from Everton, started five of seven Premier League games for City this season including the last three.

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John Stones injury

The England international has been in good form, recently scoring an impressive long range effort against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

Stones was substituted 37 minutes into the match at Wembley, replaced by City teammate Kyle Walker in Gareth Southgate’s back three.

The full extent of the injury has yet to be clarified, but it looks as though Stones will be a doubt for the fixture this weekend.

Manchester United’s Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw were both selected to start the fixture – although neither are expected to line-up in the derby this weekend.

City have options at centre-back, of course. Nathan Ake or new signing Manuel Akanji could replace Stones to partner Ruben Dias in defence.

United lost 4-1 at The Etihad last season and go into this weekend’s game looking for a better result and performance.

An away win for Erik ten Hag’s side would move United to within two points of City, with a game in hand,

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