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Petrov Out Of The Equation

Petrov Out Of The Equation

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Our worst fears for Martin Petrov have now been confirmed.

The knee ligament damage he sustained on international duty with Bulgaria in the early days of rehabilitation from another injury has failed to respond to strengthening treatment. The only solution is surgery.

Rigbsy is on his way to Spain to see a specialist and Bluesy estimates City will be without his considerable presence for up to 4 months:

'Martin is going to see a surgeon and he will probably stay and have an operation. If that is the case he will probably be out for three to four months. That would be a blow for us as he gives us more options. Martin had a good pre-season and last year he was one of our outstanding performers. But at the moment it looks as though he will have to go in for an operation.'

A couple of months ago we were all fired up to see SWP on the right and Petrov on the left but that might not be realised this season. A hell of a shame coming on the back of the once resurgent Valeri Bojinov's freak injury.

One note of concern is the seriousness of Petrov's injury related to his age. Already 29, he does not have the time on his side that The Boj has to fire on all cylinders again.

On a brighter note, some better news for the City engine room as Michael Johnson has returned to training in a bid to finally shake off a persistent abdominal problem.

Bluesy said: 'We'll look to get him out again to work through the injury, hopefully if we do that then he'll be playing again.'

Both these injury issues in key positions raise one question...

...should City move for a naturally left sided winger and a box to box midfielder in January or hold out for hopefully successful returns to form of Rigsby and Johnno....?

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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Wednesday November 5 2008
Time: 12:09PM


Sounds like his season is over before it has begun.
05/11/2008 12:26:00
We can't rely on them both being fit by January and therefore need signings in both positions as all the top teams have backup for all positions.
05/11/2008 12:29:00
Clearly that nonsense that they thought that strengthening the knee was not going to work - another two weeks wasted - very poor medical advice - those medical people should be sidelined.
Gavin Cooper
05/11/2008 12:33:00
he will be missed, hope he has a speedy recovery.
05/11/2008 12:52:00
Spot on, Gav.
Johnny Baguette
05/11/2008 13:02:00
Not what we wanted to hear with the fixtures coming thick and fast.
05/11/2008 13:57:00
Not pointing the finger here(yes I am) we should have pulled Petrov out of the Internationals if there was a doubt about his fitness, no point in saying I thought they wouldn't play him after being injured for so long.
Buzz Lightyear
05/11/2008 15:17:00
As we said a few weeks back, Taggart would have not allowed him to travel.
Johnny Baguette
05/11/2008 15:45:00
JB, "return to form" comes after getting basic levels of fitness. And takes time. Hughes is Manager. He has to decide whether he has the squad resources to take us forward in the sure knowledge that these two key players are guaranteed to "not be match fit and in form." If there is no un-sung Reserve team or Academy graduate ready to step forward and substitute credibly for these top players then we either buy or try to think nice thoughts... beautiful sunsets, the scent of bruised sandalwood, butterflies, Sven and Nancy skipping through the olive groves of Mexico... smiling happy children having fun... But the worm in the apple is that City are not in the position of attracting ANY top players if they say they won't be able to travel to internationals...
05/11/2008 17:49:00
Good call, Sindbad. I know Taggart does it all the time, but I guess that's becasue an established squad and cover in all areas. Catch 22. And that's Dunney's squad number!
Johnny Baguette
05/11/2008 18:02:00
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