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Pep Guardiola explains why he took Phil Foden and John Stones off against Brighton as he issues update on Man City pair

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May 24, 2023
Pep Guardiola explains why he took Phil Foden and John Stones off against Brighton as he issues update on Man City pair

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has provided an update of the fitness of Phil Foden and John Stones, who went off against Brighton.

The pair were both withdrawn in the second half at the Amex Stadium as the two teams played out an exciting 1-1 draw.

Foden opened the scoring for City at the Amex Stadium

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Foden opened the scoring for City at the Amex StadiumCredit: AFP
Like Foden, Stones came off in the second as a precaution

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Like Foden, Stones came off in the second as a precautionCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

It led to fears from City fans on social media that the pair could potentially miss the upcoming FA Cup and Champions League finals.

Foden broke the deadlock in the 25th minute, while he also picked up a knock which played a part in him coming off shortly after the restart.

As for Stones, he lasted until the 85th minute, with Guardiola insisting he came off as a precaution.

Speaking after the match on the duo, the Spaniard said: “Phil had a knock in the first half, problems in the leg.

“The doctor told me it was dangerous and we didnt take a risk.

“John felt tight, he didn’t have anything, we didn’t want to take a risk, so hopefully he can recover as soon as possible.”

He added: “I don’t know why, but as soon as we won the Premier League, we had three, four, five players with niggles and we have to recover them.

“I had the feeling that against Brighton we needed a strong team or we would play 90 minutes in our box and I didn’t want that.”

Guardiola's side played out an entertaining 1-1 draw on the south coast

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Guardiola’s side played out an entertaining 1-1 draw on the south coastCredit: Getty

Meanwhile, Guardiola was spotted manhandling linesman Adrian Holmes and fourth official Graham Scott after Erling Haaland’s 79th minute goal was ruled out.

The ex-Barcelona boss was incensed on the sidelines after VAR deemed the Norway international to have fouled Levi Colwill in the build-up.

His reaction saw him shown a yellow card by referee Simon Hooper – despite him apologising over his actions.

Still, he can count himself lucky that he wasn’t shown a red card with England legend Stuart Pearce stating on talkSPORT commentary that Guardiola ‘overstepped the mark’.

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