Manchester City star Robinho suffers two-week injury set-back
22 October 2009 05:08
Manchester City's record signing Robinho has suffered an injury set-back.
The £34million Brazil forward was expected to make his comeback against Scunthorpe in the Carling Cup next week but a stress-fracture to his ankle has failed to heal adequately.
City boss Mark Hughes has admitted that the damaged area had not healed as quickly as they thought, leaving the 26-year-old facing another two weeks on the sidelines.
The news means that the former Real Madrid man could come back against Burnley on November 7, but the game against Liverpool following the international break may be more likely.
'He has had a setback and the likelihood is that it will be nearer to 10 to 14 days," Hughes told Sky Sports News. 'The area where the stress fracture is hasn't healed as quickly as we first anticipated. He could probably join in with the group, but the fear is if he got a direct bang where the stress fracture is then there is a chance he may re-break the leg.
'So we don't want to put him in those circumstances, it would be crazy, so we are going to stay on the side of safety.
We have got options and it is important that we don't put him at risk.'