Sven handed fitness boost

26 November 2007 10:36
Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has been told the four players who picked up injuries in Saturday's 2-1 victory against Reading should have recovered in time to face Wigan Athletic this weekend. Vedran Corluka and Elano were both substituted after picking up hamstring injuries, while Emile Mpenza sustained a thigh problem and Richard Dunne a calf injury. Eriksson had feared an injury crisis as Rolando Bianchi, Darius Vassell and Valeri Bojinov are all currently in the treatment room. However, City's medical team insist that all four players should be fit for Saturday's trip to the JJB Stadium. Meanwhile, Eriksson has praised Stephen Ireland, whose spectacular last-gasp winner ensured City picked up another three points against Reading to maintain their 100 per cent home record so far this term. The former England boss said: "It was a great goal from Stephen. Stephen is playing better and better, which is fantastic. "Stephen is young, talented and has a long career in front of him."

Source: ESA