Mancini’s injury concerns ahead of Europa League tie

Tags: Football

Published: 10:29 24/02/2011

City take on Aris Salonika at Eastlands in the second leg of their round of 32 clash having drawn 0-0 in Greece last time out, and will be without several of their big names for the encounter.

Roberto Mancini was already without Adam Johnson and Nigel De Jong, but has recently suffered blows in other areas of the squad. Micah Richards has been struck with a calf problem and James Milner has picked up a hamstring knock.

Meanwhile, second-choice goalkeeper Shay Given, who has often played for Manchester City in their Europa League ties this season, has suffered a shoulder injury and will be out for around a three month period.

Mancini knows his injury crisis is untimely, with City still competing on three fronts for silverware this season.

"We have a big problem, a lot of games and a lot of injuries," he said.

"It is always going to be difficult when you are playing a match every three days.

"Injuries are a part of the game but at least we have all our strikers available. If we can keep it that way for the next three matches, we should be able to make progress."

The blue side of Manchester will certainly be wary of the relatively unknown Greek side, Aris Thessaloniki, who managed a strong away win against Athletico Madrid already this season and their solid defence has already locked out City’s big name talent once in the tie.

However, with a squad as strong in depth as Manchester City’s, you would certainly have to consider them favourites on home soil and fans will be wanting a show of intent as they head towards the later stages of the competition. Roberto Mancini added;

"We will need to pay attention against Aris because 0-0 is not the best result away from home, but the pitch will be better and if we play well I'm sure we can score goals.

"We will need to play well, because Aris have shown they can get results away from home. They beat Atletico in Madrid."

TV coverage for Manchester City vs. Aris Salonika is available over on ESPN with kick-off at 20.05.