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14 Aug 2009 07:51:00

Santa Cruz sidelined for City

Roque Santa Cruz will miss the chance to make his Manchester City debut at former club Blackburn in the Barclays Premier League opener. The £17.5million Paraguay striker is recovering from a knee operation and is expected to be out until September. Another new forward recruit, £25million man Emmanuel Adebayor, will be assessed after returning from international duty this week with a slight groin injury. Former Manchester United star Carlos Tevez is in contention to make his debut after overcoming a minor heel problem while Craig Bellamy (knee) should also be fit. Vincent Kompany (toe) will miss the start of the season while Michael Johnson (abdomen) is still at least two weeks away.


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