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John Stones’ injury means Man City now playing fourth-choice defender

John Stones was forced off against Leicester City meaning Man City had to bring on forgotten man Eliaquim Mangala

Vincent Kompany returned to Man City’s starting lineup for the first time since August to partner John Stones against Leicester.

But the partnership only lasted 31 minutes before disaster struck.

Now at this point we know what you’re thinking. Kompany is made of glass, injury was inevitable and so on.

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A welcome return

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A welcome return

However it wasn’t Kompany who was forced off the pitch. It was Stones.

The 23-year-old appeared to injure his hamstring, something which Kompany has plenty of experience with.

Stones’ injury meant Pep Guardiola was forced to turn to his fourth-choice centre-back, Eliaquim Mangala.

We’re a bit f***** here lads

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We’re a bit f***** here lads

Now if you’ve completely forgotten who Mangala is, we don’t really blame you.

The France international spent last season on loan at Valencia, playing 30 times in La Liga.

His future appeared to be anywhere but City in the summer as Guardiola made it clear he wasn’t in his plans.

‘I really hope Pep’s not watching’

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‘I really hope Pep’s not watching’

But when Valencia failed to make the move permanent and a deal with Newcastle never materialised Mangala was forced to stay in Manchester.

He’s only been used once in the Premier League this season, coming off the bench for the last 19 minutes of the 5-0 win against Liverpool in September.

Both of the 25-year-old’s other appearances this campaign came in the EFL Cup.

Not really a fair fight

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Not really a fair fight

It’s not all bad news for Guardiola though.

Mangala has yet to taste defeat in a City shirt this season.

How about that for bonne chance?