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Guardiola Provides Updates on Stones, Kovacic, and Nunes: Stones ‘Very Close,’ Kovacic Returns, Nunes to Wait

Guardiola Provides Updates on Stones, Kovacic, and Nunes - Stones 'Very Close,' Kovacic Returns, Nunes to Wait

Pep Guardiola addressed the current fitness status of key players in the Manchester City squad ahead of the upcoming fixture.

Updates were provided on John Stones, Mateo Kovacic, and Matheus Nunes, offering insights into their availability for the upcoming match. Let’s delve into Guardiola’s statements.

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John Stones’ Recovery

Guardiola expressed optimism regarding John Stones’ recovery, stating that the England defender is “much better” after his recent lay-off. While suggesting that Stones is unlikely to start in the upcoming match, Guardiola mentioned that the player is very close to full fitness. He said, “He is much better, yeah. He’s really close to coming back. He’ll be with us; he’ll be there.”

Mateo Kovacic’s Return

Providing an update on Mateo Kovacic, Guardiola confirmed that the midfielder is back and available for selection. Kovacic has returned to training and is expected to bolster the squad’s midfield options. Guardiola stated, “Mateo is already back, I think. He trained well yes.”

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Matheus Nunes’ Continued Absence

In contrast to Kovacic, Matheus Nunes is facing an extended period on the sidelines. Guardiola revealed that Nunes, who has been absent for several weeks with an injury, is still “maybe days or weeks away” from a full return. The update indicates that the summer signing will require additional time for recovery.

Pep Guardiola’s updates provide valuable insights into the status of key players in the Manchester City squad. While John Stones is nearing a return and Mateo Kovacic is available for selection, Matheus Nunes faces a more prolonged absence. As City prepares for upcoming challenges in both domestic and European competitions, the availability of these players will play a crucial role in the team’s success. Stay tuned for further updates and analysis on City News Centre!

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