quote

First Team News

Video 1 Gallery

Bellamy adds to injury worries for Sunday

Craig Bellamy

Craig Bellamy

City have several injury worries to contend with ahead of Sunday's visit to Wigan.

The Blues last outing, a 1-1 draw at Villa Park last week, ended with Kolo Toure and Pablo Zabaleta picking up heel and hamstring injuries right at the end of the game. Nigel de Jong had already left the fray by that point, but since then Craig Bellamy and Martin Petrov have also picked up knocks that will prevent them from training today (Friday).

Also on the injured list is Joleon Lescott, who was forced to drop out of the England squad with a calf problem, and of his walking wounded the City boss said:

"We have a couple of doubts. Kolo has not trained since Villa due to the bang on the heel he received there, and Craig Bellamy has a little bit of stiffness in his groin. He did not finish training on Thursday and will not train today.

"We're hopeful on Zabaleta but there is not a guarantee that he will be fit and well. Nigel de Jong is a little bit sore, and Martin Petrov also won't train today because of a sore knee.

 

Joleon will be out with the physios today, and we're more hopeful on him than on Kolo in fairness

 Mark Hughes

 

Hughes remains hopeful, and has fingers crossed that playing on Sunday will work to his advantage.

"With 48 hours to the game, things can still resolve themselves. We will give everybody the maximum time to give them a chance to play. With the start we have made we don't want to go into games making wholesale changes because of injuries, so it’s a case of hoping that over the next 24 to 48 hours everything will settle down."

First Team News

City England hat-trick competition

Bridge Barry SWP in England team Oct 14

Manchester City’s three lions wore their international shirts with pride against Belarus last night but the appearance of Gareth Barry, Wayne Bridge and Shaun Wright-Phillips in the England starting line up was not a new phenomenon.

First Team News

Bellamy faces tough choice on his own

Craig Bellamy

Mark Bowen has real sympathy with Craig Bellamy's potential dilemma over his international future - but the City star will have to make the difficult decision by himself.

First Team News

City stars set sights on South Africa