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City sweating on Bellamy injury news

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City are waiting to find out the extent of a knee injury that flared up again for Craig Bellamy against Hamburg on Thursday night.

The striker was forced to sit out several games after the visit to West Ham in March with the injury, which returned to trouble him during the defeat in Germany.

The news is another blow on the fitness front for City, who finished the game at the Nordbank Arena with 10 men when Benjani hobbled off just before the end with a reoccurrence of the thigh strain that reduced his season to just a handful of appearances.

Bellamy will be assessed immediately when he returns to the UK with the squad on Friday, but is set to miss Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Fulham and the return leg against Hamburg next Thursday.

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Boss: The tie's not over

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Mark Hughes insists that City can shake off the disappointment of losing in the first leg of the UEFA Cup quarter final and turn it around in front of a full house at home next week.

Match Report

Hamburg SV v City 09-04-2009

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City made the dream start in Germany when Stephen Ireland scored after just 38 seconds, but they now face an uphill battle after Hamburg put three past Shay Given, who also made a string of saves. But, we still have an away goal and a 2-0 win next Thursday would put the Blues into the semis.

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Respect the watchword for Hughes ahead of Hamburg