Pep Guardiola backs John Stones despite Man City defender’s horror show

Pep Guardiola has backed John Stones – despite the Manchester City defender’s horror show against Crystal Palace .

Stones endured a torrid time in City’s 2-2 draw at home to Palace, with the centre-half struggling throughout.

Despite his error-strewn display, Guardiola said Stones still has his backing and support.

But with fellow defender Aymeric Laporte nearing a return after a five-month injury lay-off, Stones is under huge pressure to raise his level.

Asked about the criticism Stones received at the weekend, Guardiola – whose side travel to Sheffield United tomorrow – said: “It’s unfair, yes.

“We are there, I am there [for Stones]. You have ups and downs in your career, the manager always there, we know his quality.”

Asked if Laporte could be available for Tuesday, Guardiola said: “Every day he’s getting better, I have an idea but I have to think today, tonight and we’ll see.”

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