Aymeric Laporte’s knee injury in opposition to Brighton, which is able to sideline the Frenchman till the New Year, left City with only one recognisable centre-back in Nicolas Otamendi.
Stones has missed the final month of motion with a thigh injury, lacking the draw in opposition to Tottenham in addition to wins in opposition to Brighton and Bournemouth.
Fernandinho was used as an auxiliary centre-back following Laporte’s removing in opposition to the Seagulls and the Brazilian had been thought of to begin in opposition to the Canaries.
However, Stones has skilled for the final ten days and has proven little signal of discomfort in his restoration from a thigh pressure.
The membership have been happy with Stones’ return and the Spaniard is ready to pair the defender with Nicolas Otamendi, who featured in Argentina’s 0-Zero draw with Chile final Friday.
Guardiola stays an admirer of Stones, regardless of his troubles final season.
The defender is beneath contract till 2022 however City plan to sit down along with his representatives in direction of the top of the yr to agree an extension.
Stones is eager to keep on the membership and might count on an enchancment on his £120,000-a-week wages.
Gabriel Jesus was not concerned with Brazil over the worldwide break after sustaining a hamstring injury earlier than the 3-1 win in opposition to Bournemouth.
The striker was given permission to return to his homeland over the break and he is now totally up to velocity after coaching at former membership Palmeiras.
As revealed by Metro.co.uk in July, Benjamin Mendy is now again to full health and is focusing on a spot in the beginning XI for City’s midweek Champions League conflict in opposition to Shakhtar Donetsk.