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Bridge ruled out

Some less than welcome news:

Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge will be out for about a month after undergoing a hernia operation.

The 29-year-old was forced off after 32 minutes of Sunday's 1-1 Premier League draw with Sunderland.

Bridge only returned to action against Hull on 6 February after missing 13 games because of a knee injury.

The report suggests that he is likely to miss the crucial five game spell that sees fixtures against Fulham, Everton, Wigan, Burnley and Birmingham.

It is a shame as since returning to the side after missing a large chunk of the season with the knee injury, he has shown some good form and definitely brings something to the side from an attacking sense that neither of the potential replacements do.

When he first arrived at the club, Roberto Mancini preferred the option of Javi Garrido and whilst Sylvinho has been the choice to sit on the bench of late, this is mainly down to his versatility in providing a central midfield option that we have seen him deployed in at times.