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Kolarov ruled out

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Some bad news:

New Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov is out for at least two weeks after damaging ankle ligaments against Tottenham.

There are fears he could be out for longer, and with Wayne Bridge still out with toe injury, the Blues will draft in either Pablo Zabaleta or Joleon Lescott for Thursday night's Europa League tie at Timisoara.

The initial diagnosis was later revised following Roberto Mancini's press conference where he confirmed (via Daniel Taylor) that it would be more like 4-6 weeks.

 

With Wayne Bridge also currently out injured maybe even two top players for every position isn't sufficient.

It is a blow of course on two counts; firstly, there is a stretch of difficult games coming up where we will be fielding either Pablo Zabaleta or Gareth Barry (not Joleon Lescott), no better than makeshift options, at left back, and secondly; it is important for new players to be able to quickly integrate into the side and Kolarov is now likely on the sidelines until the end of September.