Injuries weaken City defences

Manchester City FC could be without defenders Steve Howey and Sylvain Distin for over a month.

Manchester City FC could be without defenders Steve Howey and Sylvain Distin for more than a month after the pair picked up injuries in last night's 1-0 English League Cup defeat against Wigan Athletic FC.

'Four to five weeks'
Howey has a suspected foot fracture and Frenchman Distin pulled a hamstring, and manager Kevin Keegan expects both players to be out for several weeks. "Sylvain has pulled his hamstring so we are looking at four to five weeks," said Keegan. "Steve Howey will go for a scan on Wednesday but the last time he had something similar to this he was sidelined for four weeks."

Derby looming
Defenders Richard Dunne, Gerard Wiekens and Lucien Mettomo are now in contention for a starting place in Saturday's derby match against Manchester United FC. Keegan added: "We did have a lot of centre-backs in the club so if there is one position where we can take a couple of knocks it is probably there more than anywhere else."

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