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Striker Crisis Pending? Tev Out Of Gooners Clash

This is proving to be an eventful, if trying international break. City have confirmed that the injured Carlos Tevez is out of the Arsenal game...

This won't come as too much of a surprise as a knee injury like the one he suffered for Argentina against Brazil will require careful monitoring.

Okay, even fully fit the jet lagged star would only have arrived back in Manchester the day before the sell out game but it's a huge body blow to a City squad itching for a crack at the Premier League's big guns.

Mark Hughes told the official site:

'We heard yesterday that Carlos had a knee problem, our doctor has spoken to the Argentine medical people and the feeling is that he is out for the weekend so he will not play against Arsenal.'The hope is that he will be OK for the derby, but we will have to determine that when he comes back.

'He is staying with the national squad because he needs acute treatment at the early stage of the injury, which is what he can get now. Flying him back quickly might compromise the injury, so he will be back towards the end of the week so we can assess him and hopefully get him ready for the United game.

'It was an impact injury, he has twisted his knee but it could have happened in a training session or just walking down the road. Its part and parcel of the game, we feel it's not going to compromise him too much and that it will only be one game that he has to miss.'

It certainly doesn't sound too good and with Robinho also knacked playing in the same game, City fans eyes are looking towards Roque Santa Cruz and wondering when he will make his City debut.

If Robbie doesn't make it, then Sparky's striking options for Arsenal are down to Bellamy and Adebayor with Benjani, Santa Cruz, Tevez and Robbie all injured.


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 8 2009

Time: 12:40PM

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Such a fantastic squad
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08/09/2009 12:54:00

What do you reckon Tom, will you come to Eastland on Saturday and go for it or play it cagey?
Johnny Baguette
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08/09/2009 12:58:00

The real crisis for cit£h is the defence..neva mind the clean sheets so far(against 'nobodies').the defence is in constant crisis esp with the arrival of the 'new boularhouz' in form of j.lescott.
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08/09/2009 13:07:00

We should tear you apart, but the Man Utd result may have a bad effect on the team (even though we dominated them)
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08/09/2009 13:08:00

It's going to be a fascinating clash. The stadium will be absolutely rocking!
Johnny Baguette
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08/09/2009 13:10:00

Arsenal are going to tear us apart? I don't particularly fear the likes of 10 chances to score a goal Bendtner or peg leg Eduardo. I'm not necessarily expecting us to win on Saturday but I think we'll hold our own and give as good as we get. I didn't expect us to beat Arsenal last year but we still won 3-0. I notice that Tom14 has appeared again with a few jibes about our squad despite our 100% start to the season where we have yet to concede a goal - I wonder what the excuses will be should City beat 'the mighty Arsenal' on Saturday?
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08/09/2009 13:18:00

If you beat us you beat us. But Arsenal are a better team and therefore "should" beat you.
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08/09/2009 13:20:00

Should have beaten us last year too Tom as we were a lot weaker than we are nowbut you didn't in fact you got your ass kicked.
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08/09/2009 14:09:00

Robinho was sensational in that three niller.
Johnny Baguette
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08/09/2009 14:15:00

Look at the Arsenal defence that day. Hoyte, Djourou, Silvestre, Clichy... **shudder** Arsenal are A LOT better this season.
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08/09/2009 14:22:00

I don't know what the problem is, as is consistently reported in the news, Man City have 48 strikers...
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08/09/2009 16:19:00

Striker crisis? Cmon fellas, you lot signed SO many strikers this summer!
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08/09/2009 16:25:00

Groan! For the striking record again, City signed RSC, Tevez and Adebayor. We offloaded Jo, Bojinov, Caicedo, Evans, Sturridge and Vassell. So, City now have six senior squad strikers. Benjani (not for long) RSC, Tevez, Adebayor, Bellamy and Robinho. There you have it.
Johnny Baguette
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08/09/2009 17:18:00

shame the transfer window is shut - otherwise you could just buy one!
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08/09/2009 20:25:00

We should never have let Bojinov go back to Italy, merlin. But the new style at City is rather be decisive and wrong than cautious and right.
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08/09/2009 20:46:00

Life on Planet Tom 14 must be very special.
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08/09/2009 23:28:00

Hughsie isn't looking so silly now for signing up a couple extra front men is he. Adebayor and Bellamy are both excellent strikers so if they are the starters then we'll still be a handfull for Arsenal.
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09/09/2009 02:47:00

what have we got be scared of against the 'gooners'? IF they get behind our back4 and in with a 1 on 1 with given, you can bet the forward will pass to another arse'nal player and try to score the 'perfect' goal'and the chance will be football 'my arse'..... we will beat 'em but it will be close, as tom14' says they were the better side at the swamp BUT still LOST, enuff said.
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09/09/2009 22:11:00

Erm, 6 strikers IS a lot!!!
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12/09/2009 08:32:00


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