Mancini struggling in defence

24 September 2010 12:00
Roberto Mancini will speak with Joleon Lescott and Jerome Boateng before deciding whether to risk either man in Saturday's Barclays Premier League showdown between Manchester City and Chelsea at Eastlands. Mancini's squad has been decimated by injury and now Micah Richards is definitely ruled out with a hamstring strain, he has only three fully-fit defenders available. With Pablo Zabaleta earmarked for the right-back role, Mancini only has youngster Dedryck Boyata, plus midfielders Gareth Barry and James Milner available to fill the role if neither Lescott nor Boateng are deemed to be fit enough. Lescott has been troubled by a groin injury that has kept him out of City's last three games, while Boateng has not featured at all since his summer move from Hamburg after aggravating a knee injury when he was accidentally struck by an in-flight meal trolley.

Source: PA