Manchester City thrashed Burnley at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon in what turned out to be an unhappy return for fan favourite Joe Hart, who conceded five goals.
Hart’s England teammate Kyle Walker, an ever present at right-back for City, was conspicuous by his absence, causing much confusion when the team sheets surfaced. John Stones played on the right side in a fluid formation where he was part centre-back, part roving midfielder.
According to news emanating from the Etihad after the game, Walker’s problem is not serious and is a minor groin injury that shouldn’t keep him out for long.
With many games ahead, Pep Guardiola decided not to risk his reliable right-back who could be back as soon as Tuesday when City head to Shakhtar Donetsk for their latest Champions League fixture.