Akanji, Stones, De Bruyne, Foden – Man City injury news and return dates vs Fulham

As reported, Belgium playmaker and City captain Kevin De Bruyne has been ruled out for four months after being forced to undergo surgery to repair a hamstring problem. However, there is more positive news when it comes to John Stones (muscular), Manuel Akanji (knock) and Phil Foden (illness).

In the ongoing absence of manager Guardiola – who is still recovering at home in Catalonia after going under the knife himself – City will be led from their technical area by assistant manager Juanma Lillo. He guided the squad to an important late win over Sheffield United to maintain their 100 per cent start.

Lillo, also, took on media duties during the club&aposs pre-match press conference. Here&aposs our latest round-up from the treatment table as City divert focus to the Fulham game.

Injury: Knock (unspecified)

Return date: September 2 vs Fulham (H)

Akanji missed the 2-1 win against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane owing to a knock. Before that, the 28-year-old had started their opening two Premier League matches. His absence was brushed off as a minor situation by Lillo and, all being well, the 51-cap Switzerland defender will be back in contention.

What Lillo has said: “Manu&aposs problem was more prevention. He&aposs more or less there.”

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Injury: Hamstring

Return date: TBC

What Guardiola has said: “It&aposs a serious injury. He will be out for a few months. The injury is a blow, a big loss. He has specific qualities. For a long time is really tough for us. We have to look forward. We have alternatives. Kevin is irreplaceable, but we have talented players. They will take it.”

Injury: n/a (illness)

Return date: September 2 vs Fulham (H)

What Lillo has said: “Right now, Phil has completely recovered from his illness.”

Injury: Muscular