Manchester City’s John Stones Returning Early To Help Premier League Title Defense

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Manchester City’s John Stones is cutting his summer vacation short so he can help start work early on Manchester City’s title defense.

“I’m going to go back in for the first game against Chelsea in the Community Shield. I just want to keep the momentum going,” Stones said, according to the Daily Telegraph.

“I will have a break. Two-and-a-bit, maybe three weeks off. I will just make sure I am fighting fit for the new season.

“Now it is about keeping improving. I feel I’ve improved as a person and a footballer over the last few weeks on the biggest stage in the world.”

The Football Association has been frustrated by the scheduling of the tournament.

“It’s bitterly disappointing that, once again, this tournament is scheduled outside a FIFA window which forces clubs to make such difficult decisions,” FA technical director Dan Ashworth said.

“We understand the dilemmas the clubs face around release of players during this particular time of the season and it’s our view, and that of several other countries, that UEFA should take this into account when scheduling tournaments of this magnitude.”

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