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John Stones targets Manchester City return on trophy presentation day

John Stones is hoping to make his Manchester City return on May 6 against Huddersfield Town – the day the Premier League champions are set to receive their trophy – Matt Law of the Telegraph reports.

Stones hasn’t played for City since the 2-1 defeat to FC Basel on 7 March. He suffered a concussion on international duty soon after, and has since been struggling with an abductor injury.

His return will also come as a boost for England, with the 23-year-old a big part of Gareth Southgate’s plans heading into the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The former Everton man has fallen down Pep Guardiola’s pecking order since an injury earlier this season, after being a key part of the side that swept everyone aside in the first half of the season – playing the bulk of the 18-game winning streak.

Vincent Kompany’s return from injury and his longest run of fitness this season, combined with the form of Nicolas Otamendi and arrival of club-record signing Aymeric Laporte have made it hard for Stones to get much game time between his injuries.

Guardiola still has big plans for Stones though, and City were quick to dismiss a report that he could be put up for sale in the summer amid links with £50million-rated Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt.

As things stand, City have no plans to sign a centre-back, with a defensive midfielder and versatile forward the two priorities for Pep Guardiola as he prepares for a title defence and another assault on the Champions League next year.

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