Manchester City is going through a serious injury crisis at this busy phase of the season with their treatment room getting crowed after every week. They have some important matches ahead of them with the FA Cup fifth round tie with Aston Villa coming up this Wednesday.
Roberto Mancini’s side is currently missing a number of first team players and has only a handful of players to choose from. Naturally, this is creating more pressure on the fit players, and thus, making them vulnerable for falling in injury.
Mancini confirmed that winger Adam Johnson, who injured himself during a practice session in January, would require another month to get back in action. No doubt, it is a big blow for City who sorely felt the midfielder’s absence over the last one month.
After Sunday’s 1-1 draw with mid-table club Fulham, City now has 50 points from 28 matches and is still at the third place with 50 points from 28 matches. However, they have further fell behind Manchester United and Arsenal with fourth-placed Chelsea breathing on their neck. Chelsea is just 3 points adrift of City with a match in hand.
Manchester City owner splashed the cash over the last few transfer windows to strengthen the squad, but it seems their trophy-drought era spanning 35 years would be further extended as they have kept losing important players to injuries week after week.
Ahead of Aston Villa clash, Manchester City is missing David Silva, who is plagued by a recurring ankle problem, Micah Richards, Nigel de Jong and reserve goalkeeper Shay Given. Defender Vincent Kompany is doubtful for the Villa match and Shaun Wright-Phillips is not full-fit either. James Milner’s involvement in the match is also doubtful as the English international is current getting over from hamstring injury.