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Manchester City encountered a setback in their recent fixture against Luton Town as key defender John Stones was sidelined due to injury concerns. Stones’ absence raises concerns for City’s defensive solidity, particularly ahead of their crucial Champions League clash against Real Madrid. The defender’s unique role in transitioning from defense to midfield adds complexity to Pep Guardiola’s tactical setup, making his absence even more impactful.

While Stones’ injury poses a challenge, there is a glimmer of hope for City as Kyle Walker and Nathan Ake, who were also sidelined recently due to injuries, were named on the bench for the Luton Town match. Their potential return could bolster City’s defensive options for the upcoming encounter with Real Madrid.

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Pep Guardiola, the manager, seems to be carefully managing the fitness of his squad amidst a congested fixture schedule. Despite rotating key players like Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne, Guardiola faces the daunting task of finding suitable replacements for Stones’ unique role in the team.

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With the Champions League quarter-final tie finely poised after a thrilling 3-3 draw in the first leg at the Bernabeu, City will be hoping to navigate through the absence of Stones and secure a positive result against the reigning European champions.

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