Gareth Southgate Gives John Stones Injury Update Ahead Of Arsenal Match

The international break ended in a disastrous way for Manchester City as John Stones joined some players who might likely miss their next crucial matches due to injuries sustained while representing their countries.

John Stones Injury

John Stones only played 10 minutes for England during a friendly match with Belgium. Therefore, the defender now remains a doubt for the crucial Premier League match against Arsenal this weekend.

The center-back joined his international teammate and Manchester City captain Kyle Walker on the doubtful list after he was also withdrawn due to injury when England hosted Brazil in a friendly match at Wembley.

Speaking after the match, England boss Gareth Southgate explained that Stones was withdrawn due to a problem with his abductor. He claimed that it would have been a very bad decision to continue playing the defender.

“John Stones had to leave the pitch due to a problem with his adductor, more tests will follow,” the England boss said as reported by Standard Sport.

“No [it wasn’t a risk to play him]. The first game [vs Brazil] wasn’t high level in terms of intensity. We’ve done exactly what Holland did with Virgil van Dijk tonight, what Norway did with Erling Haaland and Martin Odegaard, starting both.”

Southgate insisted that he did not like sending players back to their clubs with injuries, therefore, some players did not play, while some were substituted to prevent the worst injury crisis.

“Holland started Nathan Ake again… We’re disappointed if he’s got a problem. It’s the adductor area. He came in not having played for two weeks so it wasn’t an overload issue. But I hate sending players back to clubs not fully fit.”

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