Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy may have returned to Upton Park to the sound of continuous booing, but more seriously the Welsh international will have to travel to a knee specialist to assess the injury he picked up in City’s 1-0 defeat at West Ham on Sunday.
The match was Bellamy’s first game back at Upton Park since leaving the club for Ã‚Â£14 million in the January transfer window and was jeered from the moment he entered the pitch, only to receive cheers when he was taken off in the 66th minute due to injury.Ã‚Â
City were plauged by further injuries at Upton Park with record signing Robinho and Micah Richards also picking up knocks against the Hammers.Ã‚Â
Robinho is said to have picked up an ankle inury during the game and is expected to miss the mid-week tie at Aston Villa, whilst Richards came off after 15 minutes with a hamstring injury on Sunday.
Manager Mark Hughes told the official club websiteÃ‚Â www.mcfc.co.uk:Ã‚Â “Craig will see the knee surgeon that he has seen before, he has a bit of pain on his patella,Ã‚Â We hope it is nothing serious, we do not anticipate that it will be and it will be checked out on Monday.”
“Robbie has gone over on his ankle, it is a similar one to when he was injured against Arsenal, it could be the same injury and he could be out for Wednesday as well.”
He added: “Micah had a stiff hamstring yesterday, had some work with the physios last night and it eased off. It was not an actual pull, but he went into a challenge and felt it stiffen up almost immediately.
“We hope we can work on it and release the tightness, hopefully it is not a strain because that would take him out for a number of weeks.”
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