Guardiola explains De Bruyne training absence and gives injury update on Man City duo Dias and Stones

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola quelled fears over Kevin De Bruyne’s training absence and gave an injury update on Ruben Dias and John Stones.

WHAT HAPPENED? De Bruyne missed Tuesday’s training session ahead of the Premier League clash with Tottenham on Thursday, but Guardiola revealed the midfielder was dealing with “a personal issue” rather than injury. Meanwhile, centre-back Dias has been out with a hamstring problem since the World Cup, and his partner Stones has sat out City’s last two games.

WHAT THEY SAID: Speaking in a news conference ahead of the crucial game at the Etihad, Guardiola said: “He [De Bruyne] had a personal issue and was not training (on Tuesday). Today he is back.

“They (Stones and Dias) are back. In the last two training sessions they have trained really well and they are in contention. We will train this afternoon. We will see the way we have to play and who is going to play.”