Manchester City John Stones hopeful he will return from injury just after Christmas

John Stones is out for the rest of the year (Picture: Getty)

John Stones is not ruling out the possibility of returning to action before Christmas.

The Manchester City centre-back has missed three games through injury after picking up a hamstring issue in the win over Leicester City last month.

Stones is a big miss for City with the Sky Blues relying on the steel of their defence to earn narrow victories in their last three games.

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