John Stones has said that Manchester City players need to step up to fill in for the injured footballers in the club.
“We’ve all got to step us as players and fight for our positions and our teammates,” he said.
“We need to play for the players who are injured. We need to keep working hard every day in training and setting the standard for everyone.
“That’s what brought us success last season – how much we trained on things, how much we pushed each other as teammates, fighting for positions.
“We have to take responsibility as individuals and as a team.”
“It’s been difficult getting injured,” he conceded about his own injury and recovery. “It was difficult because it’s me out of the team; not being able to be there for the team and be selected by the manager.
“I’m trying to stay as fit and healthy as I can now and get a run of games when called upon to try and do my best for the team and for myself.
“I feel good again; I feel fit and I need to stay like this for as long as I can – for the rest of the season, hopefully.”
“I’m massively impressed for the likes of Fernandinho,” he continued. “He’s played in numerous positions and played as if he’s played there his whole career.
“That’s the great mentality that he’s got and the rest of the lads as well.
“If asked to play different positions, it’s never second-guessed – the lads are always doing it.
“That’s credit to them and it’s something that people should look at and young kids especially: be inspired and take that upon themselves.
“It’s about helping the team and not putting yourself first sometimes and definitely, the likes of Fernandinho and Rodrigo have done that and exceeded in my opinion.”