Pep Guardiola confirms Kyle Walker and John Stones will miss Manchester City’s game against Arsenal


Manchester City will be without key duo Kyle Walker and John Stones for their huge game against Arsenal this weekend.

Pep Guardiola confirmed that the England pair would miss the match in his pre-match press conference.

Walker and Stones are huge players for City


Walker and Stones are huge players for CityCredit: Getty

Both defenders suffered their respective injuries during the international break.

Walker left the field against Brazil with a hamstring problem and Stones came off against Belgium with an adductor issue.

When asked ahead of the game about team news, Guardiola said: “Kyle and John, out.”

He was then asked if he had a timescale for either, but he couldn’t provide one.

There was some better news for City, though, with Manuel Akanji fully fit after suffering a knock while playing for Switzerland and Ederson is ‘much better’ and has a good chance of playing against Arsenal.

The Brazilian goalkeeper and Swiss defender were expected to be unavailable for this huge title clash, but both are fit and ready to feature.

Guardiola will be forced to reshuffle his entire defence


Guardiola will be forced to reshuffle his entire defenceCredit: Rex

Kevin De Bruyne is also fully fit after missing the international break and the 2-0 FA Cup win over Newcastle.

But the loss of Stones and Walker is huge for City.

Walker was expected to be fine after suffering his injury earlier in the international break, but he hasn’t recovered, leaving the hosts without a natural right-back.



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