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City gaffer Mark Hughes has been using the leisurely international break to visit the City medical team and find out how the three musketeers are doing...

Sparky filled in the official site with a brief run down of how his revitalised squad's only absentees are progressing and the trend is certainly one of positivity.

On Roque Santa Cruz...

'We're happy with him, as I've said before we have to give him the time he needs, and he is working really hard. He's desperate to play, but we're holding him back a bit because we have a break at the moment. The internationals actually come at a good time for him, psychologically he's not missing any more games but he's adding to his fitness. When Roque is ready he will be involved, we want to get him in a City shirt and out there playing because he is going to be a big asset for us. With our options up front, we can give him the time he needs.

'We're looking at the long-term with him, if we introduced him too early we could still lose him on a longer basis. Roque understands our thinking over this, he's a bit frustrated but we will all benefit from it.'

On Vincent Kompany...

'Vinnie's doing well; we are having to try to keep the reins on him too. The bone in the toe needs the time it deserves to heal, if you don't do that then the player is compromised. It will heal in its own time, but he is pain-free and raring to go.'

And finally, Michael Johnson...

'We're positive, Michael saw a specialist a few weeks back, was very happy afterwards and since then we have been building up his fitness. The approach we are taking with Michael is that we want to give him games to give him a base level of fitness. He's been out for a year; if we rush him back he could break down. We'll get him involved with the reserves, and if we get him and the other two up and running in the next month or so it would be like three new signings for us.'

Great news indeed. As City aim to build upon the sound platform the team have already built this season and considering the squad's continuing international call up commitments, Sparky is going to need every option available and firing.


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 3 2009

Time: 5:18PM

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We need Vinnie, for me he's vital when we go up against the big teams. Santa Cruz I'm actually a bit excited about for some reason I think he could be a pleasant surprise for us all. But in regards to Johnno I ran out of superlatives when he burst on to the scene. But anything less than a Stevie Ireland comeback will see him struggling to get a place on the bench
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03/09/2009 17:29:00

Kompany will be back soon and after the way he so often played through the pain barrier last season he will be trying to get himself back as quickly as possible. Hughes and Santa Cruz have had the 20th September as his comeback date for a while so I would expect to see him on the bench against United. Michael Johnson on the other hand I wouldn't be so confident about as we keep hearing things like "We have got to the bottom of the problem", "He will be back in full training soon" and "He is over the worst of his problems" are nowbut he is still to be seen back in first team contention. As butty1 says he will need to raise the bar as he is now in a similar position to Petrov as they were both first team regulars prior to their injuries but the quality of the squad has improved massively in that year or so.
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03/09/2009 17:52:00

I think the secret of success to maitain a serious challenge is to have a big squad with quality, when all our players are fit and well, I think we may find that MH will chop and change depending on the opposition. He will know when to use three up front or be more circumspect in relation to how good the oppostion are.
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03/09/2009 19:39:00

there will be world peace before johno comes back im afraid!
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03/09/2009 20:53:00

Will be interesting to see how Hughes uses both Kompany and RSC when they return to full fitness. To be honest, while having Vinni about the place is extremely useful, the player I am looking forward to seeing on the pitch is RSC. He will give us a different option up front, and if Hughes can get him back to the form of 2 seasons ago, we've got a lot more goals in us. Johnson? Not sure he'll ever come back, but keeping my fingers crossed.
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