The Manchester City centre-back was due to start in England’s defensive trio, alongside Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Conor Coady and Crystal Palace’s Marc Guéhi against Switzerland this weekend.
The clash against the Swiss side gave John Stones his first taste of international action of the calendar year, in a 12-month period where England seek to put in place their best preparations for the World Cup of Qatar this winter.
Ahead of a tough series of fixtures in April, Pep Guardiola reportedly hoped his international contingent would come out of their respective duties for their countries injury-free.
However, John Stones reportedly ran into a problem during England’s warm-up against Switzerland at Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon, before being replaced by Arsenal’s Ben White in the starting line-up.
England manager Gareth Southgate is expected to provide an update on John Stones’ fitness after the match in the capital on Saturday afternoon, with the severity of the issue currently unknown at the time the issue was first reported.
Pep Guardiola will be hoping for the best possible result, with first-choice centre-back Ruben Dias already ruled out with a long-term muscle injury, leaving the Portugal international in doubt for the crucial Premier League game with Liverpool in early April.
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A serious problem for John Stones would leave Manchester City with just Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte as their only two fit centre-backs for an April fixture list that includes outings in three different competitions and four clashes against just Atletico Madrid and Liverpool in the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup.
Manchester City will return to Premier League action next Saturday when they travel north to take on Burnley at Turf Moor, with just one point separating second-placed Liverpool in an intense race for the top-flight title.
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