Despite sealing the 16th successive win over Leicester City, Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola couldn’t enjoy the moment to the fullest and appeared heartbroken with John Stones’ injury during the Premier League tie on Saturday.
“It is unfortunate for us and for John (Stones) and I think he might be out for six weeks with that type of injury,” Guardiola said as quoted by the club official website.
“We have to suffer as he plays for 90 minutes, and 90 minutes and 90 minutes. We don’t have a lot of central defenders. But the spirit in the team and with all the players is good so we are going to find a solution,” the 46-year-old Spanish football coach explained.
Goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne in the 45th and 49th minute ensured the victory for the City. Vincent Kompany, who returned after a break of three months, displayed impressive skills at centre-back after surviving an early booking.
The coach hailed Kompany, saying: “I am really impressed with Vincent. After more than two months (out) and just one game with the national team it is so complicated to come back.”
“But we know what a competitor and how strong he is as a defender both with the ball and without the ball. He helped us a lot at the end of last season to win seven games in a row. Hopefully, he can be fit and safe for the next period of games,” Guardiola added.
In absence of Stones, Eliaquim Mangala came off the bench and helped City to another clean sheet.