Roberto Mancini has a few fitness worries to contend with ahead of his first game in charge of City against Stoke on Boxing Day.
“The only problems I have are not who we might buy in January, but that we have too many injuries,” remarked the new boss at his first press conference on Monday, and principal among them is a new blow for Nedum Onuoha.
The defender strained a calf muscle during Saturday’s win over Sunderland and now faces a recovery period of three to four weeks. This news comes the day after Joleon Lescott had his knee operation to remove some floating bone, but the summer purchase from Everton is also out until into the New Year.
Shaun Wright-Phillips aggravated his ankle injury against the Black Cats and faces an anxious time as he tries to get fit for the visit of Tony Pulis’ side on Saturday, while Emmanuel Adebayor has a slight ankle niggle of his own.
But there is some better news for Michael Johnson, who can now start his rehabilitation from his ruptured cruciate ligament after successfully undergoing surgery on Monday.