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In a move that as first suggested a couple of days ago, it was confirmed today that Shay Given will have to undergo shoulder surgery that estimates indicate he will now out for the season.

As per The Independent:

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has confirmed that goalkeeper Shay Given could be facing three months on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.

Given is seeing a specialist about the problem today and Mancini expects the Irish stopper will require surgery.

"Shay has this problem in his shoulder and I think he needs three months to recover," Mancini said.

The immediate speculation has been that he has no played his last game for the club, and given his age and history it is plausible that Mancini will look to add another back-up in the summer an allow Given to walk - something he has been reluctant to do without adequate cover.

My understanding is that Given does have to years left on his (no doubt lucrative) contract and another injury on his resume - which, when you look back over his career is far from an uncommon occurrence - could dissuade clubs from making a pitch for him, despite his obvious talent.

It leaves Stuart Taylor as the only senior back-up to Joe Hart, but given the fact that Given only appeared three times (in very much weakened sides) the likelihood is that Hart would have featured in virtually all, if not all of the remaining games this season.

Despite appearing to shrug off a recent dig in form, it is potentially a big ask though with hopes of cup runs in addition to an important league programme and whilst Taylor is a serviceable back-up (and content in that role) Mancini will be hoping that he won't be required between now and the end of the season.