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Guess What? Reyna's injured

In an injury-prone Blues career that is rapidly approaching Darren Anderton-like proportions, City's own "Sicknote" has knackered his hamstring; this time for the USA in a friendly against Morocco ( which incidently they lost 1 - 0 .... always nice to see the Yanks lose !)

Having come back from a series of injuries during the Premiership season ( and previous seasons for that matter), he did at least manage 16 minutes of play before having to go off with a hamstring strain, putting his world cup plans in jeopardy.

One the one hand you've got to feel for the guy who always seems to be on the treatment table more than he is on the pitch, but on the other hand City's midfield went awol in the latter part of the season, when a fit and fired-up Reyna might just have changed our season.

I know it's not his fault; no players want niggling injuries that keep hanging around, but I think City need to consider carefully the injury record of potential signings otherwise we're in for another season of patched up squads padded out with young kids, many of them playing out of position.

Every player picks up injuries some time in their career, but there are players who always seem to be crocked.Just look at Owen and Newcastle. You just knew when he signed that he'd be off the pitch more than on it and his absence was arguably one of the main reason's for Souness' early and swift demise.

As for Reyna, he probably needs to be careful that he doesn't end up a cripple in later life; the cumulative affect of all these injuries does not bode well. At 33, we do need to ask, as does Reyna himself, whether he's able to withstand the rigours of another Premiership season and I have to say I'm not optimistic.

I think Psycho needs to take some tough decisions here and not start the 2006/7 season with a bunch of aging, injury-prone players who are on big wages and whose persistent absences heap increasing pressure their teamates and on the manager for that matter.

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Date:Wednesday May 24 2006

Time: 8:40PM

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most injuries always come before world cup its pretty strange
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24/05/2006 20:44:00

" That would be fine, had he been fit the rest of the season, but the reality is he rarely turns out for us, and when he does he's labouring and struggling; it's just like playing with 10 men at times. I just can't see what he gives to the team !
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24/05/2006 20:55:00

f**k all is what he gives to the team Tone ...... for the most part
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24/05/2006 21:05:00

We should forget about Reyna our season went pear shaped when Stephen Jordan was injured in the cup tie against West Ham. By the way has anyone heard if he has recovered or not ?
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24/05/2006 21:54:00

he's always injured that boy
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25/05/2006 00:33:00

Sorry but as a supporter of Manchester City and a Yank i am not pleased with your comments. To say that Reyna has been injury prone and a possible underachiever is fair but I hope that the rest of the site does not go the way that you are attempting to take it with your comments. It appears that by opening your article with a comment like it is always nice to see the yanks lose you feel that you are able to appease a small group into thinking that you are a skilled writer. This is not the case and a fair and well written article is one that takes a neutral view and will judge a player based SIMPLY on performance and nationality should be irrelevant. Good luck to England in the World Cup. Hope to see Rooney fit and a better season for the Blues.
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25/05/2006 03:12:00

Hey Gritty.. lighten up fella! If you read the article, the issue to with Reyna is absolutely nothing about nationality, but about persistent injury and underperformance. The little dig about the USA losing is tongue in cheek - British humour if you will. These fans' forums are about passion and opinion and not neutrality and banality - go to the BBC website if you want that. Anyway, nice to see you flying the Blue flag across the pond and keep it up ..... and good luck to the USA too ! ;-)
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25/05/2006 09:52:00

Hi GRITTY.... we have the same banter with the Aussies...
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25/05/2006 10:38:00

having read my response today i admit that i was a bit quick to reply. apologies to bluescology. i need a couple months away from man city altogether and hope for next season. bless.
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26/05/2006 03:10:00


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