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Mpenza out

EMILE Mpenza has been given a week off in a bid to help him
heal to the point where he can play a part in City's top six push.One niggling
injury after another have left the Belgian international striker kicking his
heels on the sidelines as Sven-Goran Eriksson's men attempt to maintain momentum
in their assault on the top six.

At the very least, and whilst hardly prolific in terms of a goalscoring record, it can be argued that we have looked more potent from an attacking sense when Mpenza has featured, providing more of a threat physically than either Vassell or Bianchi, and occupies the defenders to greater effect which can create more space and room for the likes of Elano and Petrov to operate with - something that by and large they have struggled with of late as teams begin to focus more attention on them.