John Stones has been ruled out up to five weeks with a muscle injury, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed.
“A month, four or five weeks,” Guardiola said when asked how long Stones would be out.
Guardiola previously indicated full-back Kyle Walker and defensive midfielder Fernandinho – an unused substitute against the Canaries – could be options in the heart of City’s defence.
The City boss said he could also turn to teenage duo Eric Garcia and Taylor Harwood-Bellis to address the growing injury crisis at the back.
“[It is a] big challenge. For me as a manager, it’s an incredible challenge: just one central defender in Nico,” he added.
“But I believe a lot. People don’t know the spirit and resolve to solve this problem. The players are going to come back with Fernandinho, Garcia, Harwood-Bellis. It’s happened, but what we are not going to do is complain. If they are not able, they are not able. We have to have 11 players on the pitch, and I like it, finding a solution.”