At today’s UEFA Cup Round of 16 press conference the gaffer gave an update on the City squad’s injury situation ahead of the pivotal clash with Aalborg…
First the good news. Robinho has been declared fit and is back in training ready for what will prove to be City’s toughest European assignment of this campaign.
The brilliant Brazilian had returned to South America last week to see his favoured specialist. Hughesy explained the situation further:
‘…it is an injury that on his ankle, if he goes over on it in a certain way then it compromises a previous injury. It is just a reoccurrence, we are not unduly unworried about it and it settled down very quickly after West Ham.
‘He had treatment while he was over in Brazil last week, we were in contact with the people he was dealing with over there and we knew exactly where he was. We’re pleased he has come back and been able to train immediately because there was a doubt about his availability, but thankfully that is not the case.’
On another positive note, the boss revealed that Craig Bellamy will remain out of action for ‘a week to 10 days.’ Many Blues had feared that the berserking striker would be out for much longer considering his injury history.
City saw off Aston Villa in some style last week without Bellamy and Robinho and if anything there will be greater concern across Planet Blue over our midfield engine room for Aalborg’s visit, let alone Sunday’s daunting trip to Stamford Bridge.
The outstanding Vincent Kompany has been playing through the pain barrier with cortisone injections for a couple of weeks and the toe problem he has looks to be taking it’s toll:
‘Vincent Kompany is struggling with his toe, it is still giving him discomfort so we will have to make a decision as to whether he plays or not…’
…the manager’s words would suggest the latter. Furthermore, Nigel De Jong who came off shortly after half time after starring against Villa has injured a knee:
‘Nigel is not eligible anyway for Aalborg, but he is a doubt for the weekend.’
This is a worrying development as De Jong missed the 2006 World Cup due to a knee injury. Regardless of what happens on Thursday night, City are facing the prospect of being without both Kompany and De Jong at Chelsea.
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