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Manchester City's John Stones ruled out of Goodison return with concussion

Manchester City defender John Stones has been ruled out of Saturday's Premier League match against his former club Everton due to concussion, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday.

Stones picked up the head injury during England's 1-1 friendly draw with Italy and Guardiola said that head injury protocol needed to be followed.

Stones left Everton for City in 2016 in a 47.5 million-pound ($67 million) move and Guardiola's comments suggest he should be fit to face Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final at Anfield on Wednesday.

A win at Goodison would leave City, who have a 16-point lead at the top of the table, with the chance to wrap up the title at home to local rivals Manchester United on April 7.

But Guardiola, whose team then face Spurs at Wembley on April 14, is taking nothing for granted.

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