Medical expert: Man City are not telling full truth about John Stones - 'Here we go again'
Man City star John Stones’ injury may not be as bad as Pep Guardiola has suggested.
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, has not featured since he suffered a suspected hamstring injury in the 3-0 win over Brighton last month (20 April).
As quoted by club media last Saturday (8 May), Guardiola said: “Next pre-season maybe [he] will be ready.”
Asked if the manager’s comments leave open the possibility that Stones’ pre-season preparations might be disrupted, Dinnery was sceptical.
“I take comments from Pep with a pinch of salt,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
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“Yes, it’s a season-ending injury, but there’s nothing to suggest that we are looking at a significant spell on the sidelines.
“The turnaround this summer is going to be a bit quicker because of the World Cup and the early start. But I’d be very surprised if this causes any problems for pre-season.
“Stones was a player who was risked with a tight hamstring. I don’t think there is anything to worry about. I always think ‘here we go again’. It’s just Pep being very guarded as usual.“
Stones has scored twice in 26 appearances in 2021-22.
City need just four points over their last two games to mathematically seal the title but are also without Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias and possibly Aymeric Laporte in defence.