tones has missed out on selection in recent weeks as Pep Guardiola has preferred Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte at the heart of his Manchester City defence, but the manager says the England defender is "fighting hard".
"Aymeric has played alongside Ruben incredibly well so it is fair to let him play," he said.
"John knows the situation and he is an exceptional guy who is fighting.
"I always give opportunities to the players. Some play more than others, but the moment they play is the moment they have to show how good they are.
"I cannot assure anyone. Everyone has to do it on the pitch. Not Kevin[ De Bruyne], not Ruben [Dias], not Phil [Foden].
"That is how it is at the big clubs. The way is to train harder."
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