PEP GUARDIOLA has confirmed John Stones will miss Sunday's mammoth Manchester derby.
TheManchester City defender hobbled off during England's thrilling 3-3 draw with Germany holding his hamstring.
Stones, 28, looked gutted as he trudged off, sparking fears the injury could prevent him from playing at the World Cup.
But Guardiola has eased those concerns today, with Stones not expected to be ruled out of the World Cup.
Although in a blow to City, the defender will definitely miss this weekend's game against Manchester United.
Guardiola said today: "I think he will not be injured for five to six weeks but it will be less. Normally hamstring can be four to six weeks.
"I don't know when he will be back but maybe 10 days to two weeks hopefully."
Aymeric Laporte and Kalvin Phillips also remain sidelined for the champions.
It means Manuel Akanji or Nathan Ake will partner Ruben Dias in the heart of City's defence.
Stones has been a key man for Guardiola this season, playing in six out of City's seven Premier League games so far.
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He has even chipped in with two assists since the campaign got up and running last month.
The former Barnsley and Everton man is also a sure starter for Gareth Southgate when fit.
Stones' Three Lions team-mate Harry Maguire is also crocked for Sunday's derby clash.
Like Stones, Maguire is also suffering from a hamstring injury.
The United man was seen limping out of Wembley on Monday after the draw against Germany.