Man City boss Pep Guardiola gives injury update on John Stones and makes Cole Palmer transfer admission

The defender missed a chunk of the start of the season due to injury although it is thought this setback is not as serious. Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola will come up against former City players this weekend, with both Cole Palmer and Raheem Sterling set to feature.

Palmer left the Etihad on deadline day after Guardiola was unable to guarantee him ample game time. That said, he has spoken very positively about his former winger, who has settled in well at Stamford Bridge.

John Stones&apos injury is not as bad as first feared, but he will miss Manchester City&aposs Premier League trip to Chelsea this weekend.

Stones was replaced at half-time of City&aposs win over Young Boys this week, picking up a recurrence of the muscle injury that kept him out of the first ten games of the season. On Tuesday, Guardiola said City were &aposin trouble&apos and he would be out for &aposa while&apos.

The centre-back was left out of the England squad this week for the upcoming internationals, but after consulting doctors, Guardiola confirmed on Friday that the initial diagnosis is not as bad as he first thought.

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Pep Guardiola agrees that Cole Palmer&aposs exit from Manchester City this summer was a shame, but congratulated his former academy winger on his impressive start to life at Chelsea.

Palmer scored in the Community Shield and UEFA Super Cup final before opting to leave City for 42.5m on deadline day, to join Chelsea. He has started the season with three goals and four assists in ten appearances for his new club, showing to an extent what City have missed out on.

Also in form this season is former City man Raheem Sterling, who left the Etihad last summer, and Guardiola believes his old number seven is performing back to his best.

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