Man City suffer injury blow as John Stones limps off with suspected hamstring injury against Arsenal in FA Cup following challenge with Leandro Trossard… and is eventually replaced by Aymeric Laporte
- Stones pulled up after dispossessing Trossard during an Arsenal attack
- Play was stopped as the England man received treatment before limping off
- Laporte took a while to enter the pitch but eventually slotted into defence
Manchester City lay a title marker down by beating rivals Arsenal last night but were anxiously waiting to ascertain the extent of a hamstring injury sustained by John Stones.
Stones – City’s most consistent defender alongside match winner Nathan Ake – pulled up before half time and the setback presents a headache for Pep Guardiola.
City go to the Emirates Stadium on February 15 in a huge title clash but it appears unlikely Stones will be involved.
John Stones pulled up with a hamstring injury during Manchester City versus Arsenal
The defender pulled up after hitting the deck following a challenge from Leandro Trossard
Confirming Stones’ problem was a hamstring, Guardiola said: ‘I don’t know [how long] but today I saw in the first minutes that he was not ready.
‘Maybe he was tired, I don’t know, but he was not ready and when that happens you get injured.’
The 28-year-old missed the Manchester derby and City’s League Cup quarter-final defeat to Southampton with a previous issue, but had returned to full fitness, starting the club’s last two league games.
He has a difficult history with injuries, and Guardiola will hope his latest setback isn’t a serious one.
Stones appeared to leave the field as slowly as possible to give time for Laporte to come on
On the injury, former England and Manchester City goalkeeper Karen Bardsley told BBC Radio Manchester: ‘It is a weird one looking from here.
Mikel Arteta made several changes to his side
‘The mechanism was probably to try and twist or slow himself down. And that is your hamstring – that is what he grabbed as he went down.’
Silence fell on the Etihad as fans in attendance realised they had lost a key player again.
City were forced to temporarily play with 10 men as Laporte struggled to get ready to come one, which frustrated former Arsenal and England defender Lee Dixon on ITV commentary.
Dixon said: ‘I don’t understand why you would not be ready Why would you not be ready in any given situation? He’s putting his shin pads on, doing his laces up. I hope it’s worth it.’
Trossard was substituted in the second half as Arsenal tried to bounce back from a 1-0, but the Gunners couldn’t find a way through as City drew first blood in the first meeting between the two sides this season.
Manchester City lay a marker down in the Premier League title race with the FA Cup defeat