De Bruyne & Stones Still Sidelined for Man City

John Stones and Kevin de Bruyne have not recovered from injuries in time to feature for Manchester City against Watford, but Pep Guardiola suggested Aymeric Laporte could be back.

Both Stones (groin) and De Bruyne (hamstring) were substituted in last week’s win at Bournemouth with knocks, although manager Guardiola said at the time that the England defender’s withdrawal looked to be merely precautionary.

De Bruyne was also upbeat about his own fitness, saying the ailment was “not so bad”.

Neither player will face Watford on Saturday, but Premier League leaders City were boosted by Laporte’s return to training this week, with the defender – injured in the Carabao Cup final – initially ruled out until the end of the month.

“All of them are getting better. They are better,” said Guardiola.

“Aymeric is back. He trained the last two or three days. I don’t know if he’s available.

“Kevin is not quite fit. John Stones is not fit either, but the other ones are okay.”

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