Man City boss Guardiola's Stones gamble has backfired - medical expert

By Ben Dinnery

2nd May, 2022 | 3:49pm

Medical expert: John Stones 'gamble' has backfired amid Man City latest

Man City boss Pep Guardiola took a “gamble” in bringing John Stones back from injury before he reached full fitness.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Stones, 27, was forced off at half-time in City’s compelling 4-3 Champions League win over Real Madrid last Tuesday (26 April).

The centre-back appeared to have suffered a repeat of the hamstring issue that kept him out of the win over Watford the previous Saturday (23 April).

But Guardiola refused to rule him out for the second leg against Real Madrid on Wednesday (4 May), as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.

Dinnery assessed the England defender’s chances of returning for the clash at the Bernabeu.

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“The initial problem was hamstring-related, just a little bit of tightness,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“I think Pep took a bit of a gamble starting him again on the back of one training session.

“The session on the eve of the game would have been more tactical than fitness-based anyway.

“He has made a decision and hoped it paid off. Unfortunately, it didn’t.

“But the fact he has a chance to play against Real Madrid is that it is more likely to be a bit of discomfort rather than a strain or a tear.”

Stones has scored twice in 26 appearances this term.

City will also be without Kyle Walker on Wednesday after he suffered an ankle injury that could rule him out for the rest of the season.

In other news, ex-Fifa official salutes Jack Grealish as “incredible” Man City footage emerges.