Phil Foden and John Stones were taken off against Brighton as a precaution

Foden was replaced five minutes into the second half.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola admits Phil Foden and John Stones were taken off during the 1-1 draw with Brighton as a precaution.

Foden scored his 15th goal of the season to open the scoring at the Amex Stadium, but was replaced five minutes into the second half. Meanwhile, Stones was also replaced late in the second half with fellow central defenders Manuel Akanji, Aymeric Laporte, Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake missing the trip to the South Coast.

“Phil had a knock in the first half and problems in his leg and the doctor told me that in this position, it is dangerous so we don’t take a risk but Phil was exceptional in the first half,” Guardiola said.

“John felt a little tight but he didn’t feel anything and is fine, he told me, but we didn’t want to take a risk because we had just one central defender with John.

“The others are injured so hopefully they can recover as soon as possible.”

“We have an incredible staff with our physios – without them, it would not be possible,” he added.

“Because we sustained no injuries for a long time I don’t know what happend but the moment we get near the Champions League final, four or five players get little niggles – important ones and we have to recover them.

“We had to play a strong team against Brighton because you can play 90 minutes in your own box and I didn’t want that.”

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