Man City receive fitness boost as centre-back returns to full first-team training

John Stones returned to first-team training for Manchester City on Thursday, following a thigh injury in the Manchester derby that ruled him out for the fixtures that followed.

City have suffered an injury-hit season so far, seeing a number of their key players miss significant portions of the campaign through fitness problems – most notably Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte.

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However, Pep Guardiola will be pleased to see John Stones returning to training this week, following the short options in that position. In recent games, Guardiola has used a pairing of Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho, with Eric Garcia and Taylor Harwood-Bellis filling in against Oxford United in the League Cup.

Further updates on the fitness of John Stones are expected to be provided by Guardiola in his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s clash with Leicester City.

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