John Stones thigh injury adds to Man City’s defensive woe as centre-back is ruled out for up to five weeks

John Stones thigh injury adds to Man City's defensive woe as centre-back is ruled out for up to five weeks

“This team has done that in the past. We have won seven titles, nobody gave us anything, we won them for ourselves. The ideal situation does not exist in football, it is how you approach the challenge and I am ready for the challenge. I like it, I like to love this situation.”
In the short term, Fernandinho will move back into the hole left by Stones and the Brazilian has done well in that position before. However, at the age of 34, he will also be vulnerable to injury if he is asked to play for every minute of every game.
“He arrived back late [in the summer] and he’s 34 years old, that’s why he hasn’t played longer,” replied Guardiola when asked why his appearances have been limited since August.
“He trained last week in the international break and it went well. With the experience he has as a teammate and his personality, of course he can play in that position.
“Sometimes, for tactical reasons, he played there last season and now, with him, Taylor Bellis, Eric and Nico, we are going to play them in that position.”
Team details (probable)
Shakhtar Donetsk (4-2-3-1): Pyatov; Bolbat, Kryvtsov, Matviyenko, Ismaily; Stepanenko, Kolvalenko; Marlos, Alan Patrick, Taison; Junior Moraes.Manchester City (4-1-4-1): Ederson; Cancello, Fernan, Otamendi; Zinchenko; Rhodri; Mahrez, De Bruyne, B Silva, Sterling, Jesus.Referee: Artur Dias (Portugal).

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