ZAGREB, Croatia — Manchester City’s problems in central defence have worsened after John Stones was ruled out for a few weeks because of a hamstring injury.
Stones was injured in City’s 2-1 loss to fierce rival Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday.
City manager Pep Guardiola gave the injury prognosis on Tuesday, a day before the team plays Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League. City has already qualified for the knockout stage.
City is short of numbers in central defence, with long-time captain Vincent Kompany leaving in the off-season — and not being replaced — and Aymeric Laporte sustaining a serious knee injury at the start of the season.
Guardiola has been playing Fernandinho, a defensive midfielder, at centre back. With Stones out, Nicolas Otamendi is the only other senior player available to partner Fernandinho for a busy month when City plays in three competitions — the Champions League, the Premier League and quarterfinals of the English League Cup.