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Defender recalled for Tottenham clash against Manchester City - report

By Amir Mir

Pep Guardiola is set to recall John Stones to the Manchester City starting XI when they face Tottenham on Sunday afternoon, according to a report.

The Manchester Evening News claim that Guardiola is set to restore England defender Stones to his side, after watching his team conceded three goals in midweek.

City were involved in a 3-3 draw at Celtic in their Champions League group game on Wednesday night, with Nicolas Otamendi and Aleksandar Kolarov preferred at centre-back.

But, 22-year-old Stones is now expected to take to the field at the weekend, after making a brief substitute appearance against the Scottish giants on Wednesday.

In contrast Spurs were 1-0 winners at CSKA Moscow in their Champions League group game, after the north London club lost their opening fixture 2-1 to Monaco at Wembley.

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Stones moved to City from Premier League rivals Everton for a British record fee for a defender of £47.5 million during the summer.

The England international has played in every league game for Guardiola this season and has helped the Manchester club register six wins out of their opening six league games.

Guardiola’s side top the table going into the fixture against Mauricio Pochettino’s men, with the north London on 14 points in second place.

In other Tottenham team news, Mark Lawrenson predicts Spurs v Manchester City.