Manchester City vs Arsenal: John Stones, Kyle Walker ruled out, Pep confirms

The two Englishmen were reportedly injured on international duty

John Stones and Kyle Walker Manchester City's John Stones and Kyle Walker | Reuters

Defending champions Manchester City will be without defenders Kyle Walker and John Stones when they host Arsenal in a crucial Premier League showdown on Sunday. The two Englishmen were reportedly injured on international duty.

On the positive side, midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has trained this week and is expected to play despite the groin issue that saw him withdraw from the Belgium squad. Also, first-choice goalkeeper Ederson, who missed City's FA Cup quarter-final game against Newcastle United on March 16 is doing "much, much better," manager Pep Guardiola said.

Right-back Walker and defender Stones picked up their injuries during the recent international break. Walker's injury is said to be more serious than that of his younger colleague's, Guardiola told the press.

Manchester City sit third in the table on 63 points with 10 matches left to play. A point separates the top three teams after 28 games of the season for the first time since 2014, with Arsenal and Liverpool on 64 points and the Gunners leading on goal difference. Liverpool can provisionally climb top of the table earlier on Sunday with a victory over Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield.

"He trained really well yesterday, so we will see what we're going to do next (couple of) days," Guardiola said of De Bruyne, who missed five months earlier this season recovering from hamstring surgery. 

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