D-Day for Adebayor
Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor will learn on Thursday whether he must serve an additional suspension from the Football Association. The Togo international is facing a disciplinary commission to answer an improper conduct charge following his goal celebration in front of the Arsenal fans during City's 4-2 success over his former club at Eastlands. Manager Mark Hughes believes Adebayor should avoid any further punishment following the completion of his three-match ban for stamping on Robin van Persie's head during the same game. City will use the evidence of Gary Neville's goal celebration against them the following week - which did not even bring a charge against the Manchester United defender - as evidence to back up Adebayor's claim he did nothing wrong. A suspension is possible though, even if Hughes does not believe it is warranted and is keen to have the striker available for Monday's clash with Aston Villa. "We hope Manu won't get any more matches," he said. "We don't think he should." If Adebayor is available it would arguably leave Hughes to select from the strongest pool of forward players in the Premier League. It is hardly a position that hints at a sudden collapse for a club intent on breaking into the established top-four. And even the notoriously pragmatic Hughes admits there is still more to come from his team. "We are in decent shape and things seem to be falling into place," he said. "We are playing well - and with confidence. "I am absolutely convinced we will produce even higher quality football because of the quality we already have and the quality that will be available to us in the future."
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