Robinho could be fit for the Carling Cup tie against Scunthorpe United on Wednesday week.

The Brazilian international has been sidelined from club action since being a substitute against Portsmouth at the end of August.

Robinho has missed five games so far and is almost certain not feature at Wigan at the weekend but he does have an outside chance of being in shape for the visit of the League Two outfit as the Blues bid to secure a place in the last eight of the competition.

“Robi is not far away, he’s probably got about 10 more days and then he can be back in the group,” reported manager Mark Hughes who has spent the weekend reading rumours that he is about to sell the British record signing.

“He’s working every day, we’re trying to get him back as soon as we can but with a bone injury there is a certain length of time to give it the injury.

You cannot come back early when it’s an injury like the one he has had, but he’s on track and he’ll be back soon.

...Mark Hughes


The manager had positive news, too, on Roque Santa Cruz and Michael Johnson who have both seen bits and pieces of action at various levels over the past fortnight.

“They are both back in the fold, but they still need games and we are looking to get some more match play into them, if we can, in between being involved at first team level,” he declared.

 “I’m pleased with what they have shown in training, I thought Roque showed good energy against Villa. He was a bit compromised by the finger in his eye from Craig, which never helps! There’s more to come from him and Johnno as well.”