Manchester City suffer an injury blow before derby showdown vs Manchester United

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John Stones limped out in the first half of their Nations League clash with Germany as John Stones was forced off with an apparent hamstring problem.

Stones, 28, was recalled to the starting XI against Germany by Gareth Southgate after missing the Italy match due to suspension. However, his return lasted 37 minutes before the centre-back was withdrawn.

Stones started a counter-attack for Gareth Southgate’s side by making an interception on the edge of his own penalty box and then looked to get up the pitch but quickly pulled up clutching the back of his leg.

He was attended to by England’s medical team, but was not able to take any further part in the match as he hobbled off in the 37th minute to be replaced by Kyle Walker.

Walker, who has just returned from a muscle injury, started England’s 1-0 defeat to Italy on Friday.

City host neighbours Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday, 14:00 BST.

Both Stones and Walker have seen the start to their season disrupted by injury.

Stones missed City’s Champions League victory at Sevilla while right-back Walker suffered a problem in the Premier League draw at Aston Villa at the start of September.

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