Pep Guardiola gives injury update on three Man City players ahead of Newcastle clash

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The Manchester City manager revealed John Stones and Bernardo Silva are out for Sunday's game.

Pep Guardiola gave a worrying fitness update on three Manchester City players, ahead of Saturday's Premier League encounter.

The City manager said John Stones and Bernardo Silva will definitely miss the clash with the Magpies at the Etihad. The former, Guardiola revealed, is suffering from a 'muscular issue', while Silva's absence wasn't explained.

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"Important players are not here. John is out, Bernardo is out. We need time," said the City boss. Asked for further detail on Stones, Guardiola said: "Last training he did not feel comfortable. I don’t know how long he will be out. Now we have a big, big problem especially for this game but in general.

"That is what it is. 4am time recovery, arrive here late. Today we cannot train. We don't have time, I would love one more day. I accept this is the challenge. That's why we won because we overcome those positions."

Meanwhile, Ruben Dias is also a doubt as he recovers from a recent concussion. The Portugal defender has been back in training but missed the last two matches.

Along with Kevin De Bruyne, that means City could have up to four absentees for Saturday's match. The midfielder has been ruled out with a long-term hamstring injury. Guardiola initially said De Bruyne could be out for 'three to four months' but claimed on Friday that could be as long as six months.

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With De Bruyne and Silva out for the Newcastle game, Guardiola is expected to start with Phil Foden or Julian Alvarez in the attacking midfield role. Meanwhile, if Stones and Dias are both missing, Guardiola could stick with the same back four that played against Sevilla on Wednesday: Kyle Walker, Manuel Akanji, Natahan Ake and Josko Gvardiol.

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