Published On: Tue, Mar 5th, 2013

City suffer injury blow

Roberto Mancini’s relief at Manchester City’s win away to Aston Villa on Monday was tempered by the loss of midfielder Jack Rodwell.

Rodwell, who turns 22 next week, suffered a recurrence of the hamstring injury that has plagued his fledgling career.

Suffering

Mancini told Sky Sports: “We are very sorry for Jack, because he is a good guy, a good player, but he is unlucky. It is his hamstring.

“I think it is impossible to resolve his problem after six or seven months because he’s had this problem for five or six years and we need maybe more time.”

Rodwell’s injury history goes back as far as his Academy days at Everton.

He struggled to become a permanent fixture in David Moyes’ side due to persistent injuries, and outstanding performances such as his starring role in the Toffees’ 3-1 victory over Manchester United in 2010, did not turn into a consistent run of form.

He became a reported £30 million target for United due to such performances, but sealed a £12 million move to rivals Man City in August.

Stuttering

So far, his City career has failed to take off after a number of injury recurrences, and impressive performances, such as the one against Chelsea, have been few and far between.

Mancini stated: “I am very sorry because he is a young player. He needs to improve but he has played very well against Chelsea and was playing very well tonight.”

Rodwell is expected to be out for up to three weeks, once again ruining his chances of selection for England for their upcoming games against San Marino and Montenegro.

Tough task

Meanwhile, City once again reduced Manchester United’s Premier League lead to 12 points with a 1-0 victory away to struggling Aston Villa.

Carlos Tevez scored the only goal to secure three points, but Mancini believes that the Citizens will need to win all of their last ten games to win back-to-back titles for the first time in their history.

“It is difficult because we have 30 points to play for and we need to try to win. At the end, we will see what happens. In football everything can happen right up to the last second.

“We probably need to win all 10 matches that are left. We need to win all the matches. If they (United) lose three or four or five games…..it is difficult because they are too strong for this.

“When you have to win always, it is difficult to win every game. But last year we did this. Why can’t we do it this year?”

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