Manchester City will be without one of their key players for the League Cup final against Spurs after John Stones saw red on Wednesday evening at Villa Park.
City came from behind to claim a 2-1 win over Aston Villa in a game in which both John Stones and Matty Cash were sent off.
With just 20 seconds on the clock Stones’ error had led to Villa taking an early lead, the second-fastest goal of the Premier League season. The defender’s attempt to intercept a long pass led to Olly Watkins receiving the ball after Stones misjudged his lunge.
Man City fought back through Phil Foden’s finish to a nice move (22) before Rodri glanced a header home after Emiliano Martinez missed his punch (40).
The City centre-back was sent off following referee Peter Banks reviewing an incident on the advice of the VAR in the 44th minute.
Stones was high and late as he scythed down Aston Villa’s Jacob Ramsey near the halfway line. The England international caught Ramsey around the knee and was rightly shown red for the shocking tackle.
Stones’ early exit from the encounter will threaten Pep Guardiola’s plans for the League Cup final against Spurs this weekend, as well as the rotation cycle he will have planned out before they face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
In reaction to the news shared on Twitter, many Man City fans have been expressing their thoughts and opinions.
Laporte it’s time lad— Thunder⚡🥶 (@poli_thundermc) April 21, 2021
In Laporte we trust— Manchester is blue (@MCFCAG) April 21, 2021
Hopefully Laporte is fit or walker will play center back then cancelo right back— Xaos (@itscharly19_) April 21, 2021
Get in, Laporte x Dias is way better.— N A T H 🏴 (@NathJMCFC) April 21, 2021
Might be a blessing, not had the best performances in last few games— Aaron (@AaronBx21) April 21, 2021