Friday, 19 February 2010

Tévez, Petrov, Vieira out of Sunday

Three confirmed absences for the immediate future.

First our top scorer, and probable 2009/10 Player of the Season Carlos Tévez, who will stay in Argentina for the time being due to the recent premature birth of his daughter. Daniel Taylor reported this in today's Guardian, and Roberto Mancini confirmed it in today's press conference.

Next up there's Martin Petrov, who is out for a month with a knee injury.

And then there's Patrick Vieira who has 'reluctantly accepted' his charge of violent conduct and so is banned for the Liverpool, Stoke City and Chelsea games this week. As I said when he was charged, good news from a football justice standpoint, but not a disaster from a Manchester City fan position either.


Steven McInerney said...

I like Petrov, but at least this means we won't have to see him looking clueless on the right flank! And Vieira suspended is a blessing in disguise.

I'd LOVE it if we went 4-4-2 with out and out wingers. If Bellamy's back put him alongside Ade whilst Carlos is out. If not, put Ireland behind Ade.



SWP......De Jong.....Barry.....Johnson


jackblue said...

Totally agree with Steve's reasoning and he's picked the exact same team that I would. We can't afford 'hiders' (Petrov) or players who are completely off the pace (Viera). And dropping our captain for Vince is a no brainer to me.

trinder said...

I'd play Ireland instead of Barry on Sunday but that team is otherwise spot on. I'd love to see Mancio give Kolo the fleetwood.