The defender strained a calf muscle during Saturday’s win over Sunderland and now faces a recovery period of three to four weeks. This news comes the day after Joleon Lescott had his knee operation to remove some floating bone, but the summer purchase from Everton is also out until into the New Year.
At least this takes a big decision out of the new boss' hands. Presuming that nothing else goes wrong, Vincent Kompany will partner Kolo Touré at centre half on Boxing Day. He could play Micah Richards I suppose, but he doesn't exactly fit into an Italian's idea of a good centre half.