Given Goes To Press Again
Current second choice City goalkeeper Shay Given has spoken to hacks again of his frustration at not securing City's 'keeper shirt following serious injury...
It transpires that The Citizens blocked an unspecified loan move for Eire's number one in August as Roberto Mancini confirmed his intention to have two top drawer options for each position. 34 year old Given told The Sunday Times:
'It's very, very frustrating. I know it doesn't matter what I do on the training pitch, I won't be playing at the weekend. If I'm flying around like Clark Kent in goals, I still won't play on Saturday. That can be demoralising.'
Given suffered a serious shoulder injury in May and following surgery spent the majority of the summer rehabilitating. Subsequently he lost the gloves to in form England 'keeper 23 year old Joe Hart:
'The club said I wasn't going anywhere and that was frustrating...we'll see what happens come January and hopefully if the situation is the same I can go on loan and try and get some games in. I wouldn't mind where a loan was and wouldn't rule out abroad if it was a good club and a good team, no disrespect to a club that's fighting relegation and getting pummelled every week - though at the minute that probably seems better than what I'm doing.'
A clearly unhappy Given was on the bench for City's comfortable Europa League win in Austria this week. He wasn't impressed:
'I thought I'd have played but I don't know what the manager's thinking because he hasn't told me. I've never said I want to leave Man City. I believe it's a big club that in the next couple of years is going to do big things. I want to be part of that but I also want to be playing football.'