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“It doesn’t look good” – Pep Guardiola reveals fresh Manchester City injury blow as defender leaves Everton with protective boot



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Manchester City defender John Stones was forced to leave Goodison Park wearing a protective boot, as the Englishman suffered a fresh injury setback.

The 29-year-old started against his former club in the absence of Ruben Dias, as Manchester City won just their second Premier League match since November to move to within five points of league leaders Liverpool.

Second-half goals from Phil Foden, Julian Alvarez and Bernardo Silva secured a vital three points, as the newly-crowned World Champions came from behind to beat Everton at Goodison Park.

Foden’s thumping strike cancelled out Jack Harrison’s opening first-half goal, before Alvarez netted from the penalty spot to roll Manchester City into a 2-1 lead in the 64th minute.

Silva secured the three points in the 86th minute, pouncing on a Jordan Pickford mistake with a sublime strike from distance.

The trio stepped up in the absence of both Erling Haaland and Jeremy Doku, with the attacking pair still sidelined for the Sky Blues due to injury.

Kevin De Bruyne also remains unavailable, and Pep Guardiola is bracing for the potential absence of John Stones, after the defender suffered an ankle injury, to inflict fresh injury woes.

The Englishman was replaced by Josko Gvardiol late in the first-half after a collision with Everton forward Beto, with Stones receiving treatment on the Goodison Park pitch before being forced off due to the injury.

Stones, who has only recently returned to full fitness after a series of hamstring problems, left the Merseyside club wearing a protective boot, and faces another potential period on the sidelines.

“It doesn’t look good apparently, but we will see,” replied Guardiola when asked about Stones’ injury, with the 29-year-old having made just 13 appearances this season.

Manchester City are back in action against Sheffield United at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, before playing just three matches in January – facing Huddersfield Town, Newcastle United and Burnley.