Man City hit by Lescott lay-off

23 March 2010 02:55
Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott will be out for four to six weeks with a hamstring tendon injury that could hamper his England World Cup hopes.The 27-year-old, who signed for City from Everton for £22m in August 2009, felt a twinge while warming up before the 2-1 win at Fulham on Sunday. [LNB]City have nine Premier League games left and Lescott had hoped to earn a place in England's squad this summer. [LNB]He missed 12 games earlier in the season following a knee operation. [LNB]The news is a bitter blow for Lescott, who will miss out on the opportunity to face his former club Everton at Eastlands on Wednesday night.[LNB] Will City miss Lescott against Everton? Lescott, who has featured 25 times for City this season, also missed his side's 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park in January because of a knee injury. [LNB]The former Wolves player signed a five-year contract at Eastlands in August to finally end a bitter wrangle between City and Everton during which Toffees manager David Moyes called the pursuit of the player "disgusting". [LNB]And following that win Moyes said the bitterness of the Lescott saga had made victory even sweeter. [LNB]City's final two games of the season are against Tottenham on 5 May and West Ham on 9 May, both of which Lescott could feature in, depending on his recovery.[LNB] [LNB][LNB]Moyes rules out catching Man City[LNB]However, England boss Fabio Capello names his provisional 35-man squad on 16 May leaving Lescott, who has nine England caps, little time to find his fitness or form. [LNB]England will play their penultimate World Cup warm-up match against Mexico at Wembley Stadium on 24 May, before facing Japan in Graz, Austria, on 30 May. [LNB]After which Capello will name his provisional World Cup finals squad of 23 players on 1 June. [LNB]The World Cup kicks off on Friday 11 June, with England's opening game against the United States on the following day.

Source: BBC_Sport