UK time is: 05:34:28
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Comment: Rocky Proving Crocky - As Predicted



Time for a bit of negative coverage amongst all this optimism! Roque Santa Cruz is out of squad training injured until next month...

There was always going to be a touch of the Claudio Strainer/ Tricky Trevor Sinclair about Santa Cruz's signing and thus far he has yet to kick a ball in Blue pre season 'anger.'

In essence, City signed a player from Blackburn still recovering from knee surgery. This fact alone make the repeated bids for the Paraguayan hitman this year all the more mystifying. Nevermind his dreadful injury record at Bayern Munich.

City gaffer Mark Hughes explained:

'He's been training every day but he's probably two to two and a half weeks away from training with the group. Then there will be a period of time when he needs to get some general fitness with the group, but it's not a case of trying to force him back - we've got options up front, so we have the luxury of time in that respect.'

Well, options wise, what was once a 10 man strike force has been dramatically reduced.

Jo and Felipe Caicedo are out on loan for a season with confirmation that Valeri Bojinov has gone a similar way expected any day now.

Ched Evans has been sold and Daniel 'Ancelloti' Sturridge stropped off.

With Carlos Tevez currently sidelined due to a shower-time mishap, the City boss's striking options are restricted to Benjani, Craig Bellamy and Emmanuel Adebayor. Of course, there's Robinho knocking about but he's played a little too deep for my liking of late.

Personally, I'll be sad to see The Boj go as I reckon he was running into form and could help mix things up but right now my sentiment is that Rocky is going to have to bang in a good few goals before Christmas if he's to win me over.

Any nodding heads out there, Planet Blue?

Catch VMC's Johnny B in September's Four Four Two Season Preview - On Sale Now.

JOIN VITAL MANCHESTER CITY:

Vital Manchester City was the fastest growing Independent City Website of the past season with a membership now standing at 1500 strong. There's more to come - Be Here Now and join our worldwide community debate as City's pre season build up gather's pace:














Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The journalist

Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 6 2009

Time: 6:48PM

Your Comments

All very true words spoken....roque is a worry but I feel he would have had limited playtime anyway because of adebayor
Deejayvu
It's not like he's got a fresh injury. As of yet (touch wood) he's never suffered injury while playing for us. He's simply recovering from injury. I find it weird also that you while bashing RSC here you wish Bojinov would stay - who has a far worse injury record than RSC.
MCFC_Goatboy
Well, Goat, in fairness The Boj is only 22 and suffered two freak injuries, yet the signs were there of a hungry young striker hunting for goals. Rocky, to my knowledge is of course older and has really only had one decent season to boot. It's a contentious debate.
Johnny Baguette
I think you've summarised the striker fitness situation perfectly, Johnny Baguette. I don't think we should let Boj go. I was very vociferous in my opposition to Hughes's pursuit of RSC. But I really want to give him a chance, as you do. The problem is that if he isn't fit there is no chance.
Sindbad
I'm concerned about Bellers in the more immediate situation. He's complained of being knacked by Rangers last night and having to wear flip flops. Anyone for a Benjani-Adebayor strike partnership with Robbie in behind?! Bring it on!
Johnny Baguette
Cruzs injury record was my main concern about signing him. Id have rather sign players with good injury records. City cant rely on bellamy or cruz as they are proven sick notes all their careers - so perhaps they would be good back ups to adebayor and tevez -Saving hughes a selection head ache. Since this is the case i would like a young 5th place striker in reserve just in case. Boj would be ideal, but hes more injury prone than any player at city! Its sad sturridge decide to go.
enzo city
this was mine and others concern even last season when we was chasing him..hughes will live or fall by the players he brings in so i hope he knows what he is doing.
bluemooner_mcfc
Time will tell with the RSC deal. Fortunately Ade looks like a class act and should hold the fort until at least Tevez is fit.
eighthsin
I thought Adebayor and Robinho looked quite good together last night
arthur7171
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

The Ped Report City 2-2 Sunderland (Thursday April 17 2014)

Stats: Manchester City v Sunderland (Wednesday April 16 2014)

The Citizens versus The Black Cats (Wednesday April 16 2014)

The Ped Report Liverpool 3-2 City (Sunday April 13 2014)

The Reds versus The Citizens (Saturday April 12 2014)

Archived Articles

List All VMC Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Johnny Baguette 288
2. Skoorb 150
3. Buzz Lightyear 119
4. PhillyBlueMoon 115
5. fifthcolumnblue 101
6. rojo2010 101
7. Bluedub 91
8. kennyclementstache 88
9. Spooks 87
10. citizhun 86

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Liverpool 35 25 5 5 +52 80
2. Chelsea 35 23 6 6 +41 75
3. Man City 33 22 5 6 +54 71
4. Arsenal 35 21 7 7 +21 70
5. Everton 35 20 9 6 +23 69
6. Spurs 35 19 6 10 +2 63
7. Man Utd 34 17 6 11 +16 57

Breaking League News

Ashamed of Newcastle United
Newcastle : 20/04/2014 20:48:00
Vital Report: Cardiff 1 Stoke 1
Cardiff : 20/04/2014 18:54:00
United - No Cutting Edge!
Man Utd : 20/04/2014 18:46:00
Man Utd : 20/04/2014 18:39:00
Everton : 20/04/2014 18:12:00
Dear Randy...A Fans Retort
Aston Villa : 20/04/2014 17:36:00
City Defeated In Five Goal Thriller
Norwich : 20/04/2014 17:04:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Yaya Injured - Who Should Partner Fernandinho In Midfield?
Suggested By:  Gerry Gow
Javi Garcia 25%
Jimmy Milner 75%