John Stones admits this season has been ‘really frustrating’ as Arsenal and Everton’s goal opens up over injury woes for Manchester City
- John Stones has been through a tough campaign for Manchester City this season
- Arsenal and Everton have both been linked with a move for England-international
- He admitted, “It was frustrating. I’ve tried to stay positive and be ready ‘
John Stones has embarked on a tough campaign for Manchester City, plagued by form and fitness issues.
The central defender, who has emerged as a transfer target for former Everton and Arsenal in recent weeks, admitted that it has been a test time for him.
He told Sky Sports: “From a personal perspective, it was really frustrating. Injury reoccur, then minor things like getting injured a few days after lockdown.
John Stones starred in Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Bournemouth, but had a largely frustrating campaign devastated by ongoing injury issues
“It was frustrating. I have tried to stay positive and be ready when called upon, and I feel I have been too.
“Come back after lockdown, get fit again, then come back in and play against some tough opponents.”
The central defender was a problem for the Pep Guardiola’s team this season and the departure of Vincent Kompany is demonstrably insufficiently filled.
Fernandinho has been played out of position on the back and Aymeric Laporte’s long absence from injury earlier in the season was extremely costly.
Pep Guardiola’s side faces Arsenal in the FA Cup on Saturday and Stones wants to be involved
Stones, who joined the club for £ 47.5 million in 2016, is still optimistic that he can prove himself and take a place in the first team.
City take on Arsenal in the FA Cup semifinal on Saturday and Stones says he is ready to play after 90 minutes of winning the 2-1 win over Bournemouth.
“I feel fit, ready to fight for the FA Cup over the weekend and then for the Champions League,” he added.
“I feel I’m on the right track. It’s good to get that consistency of play and fitness. ‘
The Englishman admitted he was frustrated, but has tried to remain positive during testing times