Guardiola waiting on Stones and Ake fitness update

Manchester City will have to wait a little longer to see the extent of the injuries to John Stones and Nathan Ake in Wednesday night’s 3-0 win over Brighton.

The reigning Premier League champions reclaimed their 3-0 lead in the Premier League at home to The Seagulls, but that came at a cost.

Ake was pulled off in the first half, just as the Stones, who had to give way before the final whistle.

This represents an unwelcome situation for Guardiola, given that Kyle Walker is still injured while Joao Cancelo is suspended for the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.

“He was very upset,” Guardiola explained in his post-match press conference.

I did not talk to the doctor, I will talk with him in the morning. Even for doctors, he needs a little rest to know exactly how it feels. John went out to run and play. This is a good sign.

“He didn’t take any action and fell on the grass. He was playing but he got upset. We didn’t want to take the risk. We’ll see in the coming days.”

“Hopefully it’s not muscular because we have problems in this position with Kyle Walker (injured) and Joao (suspended) from playing against Madrid. We’ll see,” Guardiola added.

City, who lead Liverpool by one point, will face Watford this weekend as they seek to retain the Premier League title.