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Pep Guardiola: 'I rested John Stones due to knee problem'

Guardiola: 'Stones has knee problem'
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Pep Guardiola confirms that John Stones was not utilised in Manchester City's 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday due to a knee problem.

Pep Guardiola has revealed that John Stones was not utilised in Manchester City's 1-1 draw with Burnley due to a knee problem.

The Spaniard caused a stir on Saturday by only naming six players on the bench at Turf Moor, with the likes of David Silva, Leroy Sane, Fabian Delph, Gabriel Jesus and Benjamin Mendy all sidelined.

With Vincent Kompany back from his latest calf problem and Aymeric Laporte signed from Athletic Bilbao this week, Guardiola opted to give Stones extra recovery time after missing the midweek 3-0 win against West Bromwich Albion due to illness.

"He has a bit of a problem in the knee and I prefer for him to rest, to recover a bit," the City manager told the Manchester Evening News. "It is a little bit painful.

"I have Vincent back and Aymeric Laporte is already here. I decided not to use [Stones] today, let him recover and come back better against Leicester and Basel."

Guardiola revealed prior to kickoff against Burnley that his players had been given four days off and will not have to report back for training until Wednesday afternoon.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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