Injuries keep the defensive duo out of Manchester City’s Champions League opener

Manchester City defenders John Stones and Kyle Walker will both miss Tuesday’s Champions League opener in Seville through injury, manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed.

Neither player was included in City’s traveling squad for the Group G clash at the Roman Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

Right-back Walker was substituted off in the final stages of Saturday’s Premier League draw at Aston Villa, while Stones also took a hit.

Guardiola told a press conference, as reported by the club: “(They are) injured. John is not much. Kyle isn’t much either but I don’t know if he’ll be ready for Saturday or (Borussia) Dortmund or Wolves before the international break.

The pair’s absence could see Manuel Akanji signed on deadline day for his City debut.

Midfielder Kalvin Phillips traveled to Spain after a break with a shoulder injury and could also feature.

Stones did not travel to Seville (Barrington Coombs/PA)

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Guardiola expects a tough duel despite Sevilla’s poor form.

Julen Lopetegui’s side, who finished fourth in LaLiga last season, have picked up just one point in their first four games.

The City boss said: “Some teams in Spain are always so tough – they’ve dominated for the last 15 years.

“We have to be prepared because they will be aggressive.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/john-stones-manchester-city-kyle-kyle-walker-champions-league-b2160374.html Injuries keep the defensive duo out of Manchester City’s Champions League opener

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