Injury to delay Vieira's City debut

Patrick Vieira's Manchester City debut may be delayed as he battles to overcome a calf injury in time to face Blackburn on Monday (8pm).

Last Updated: 08/01/10 at 18:46

Vieira: Faces a weekend on treatment table

Vieira: Faces a weekend on treatment table

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Vieira picked up the problem in his last game for Inter Milan against Chievo on Wednesday and will have treatment before manager Roberto Mancini can make a final decision.

Dedryk Boyata is set to continue in central defence, while Carlos Tevez, Craig Bellamy and Gareth Barry are all expected to return.

City (from): Given, Taylor, Zabaleta, Richards, Sylvinho, Garrido, Trippier, Wright-Phillips, Kompany, Vieira, De Jong, Barry, Bellamy, Robinho, Benjani, Petrov, Weiss, Tevez, Santa Cruz, Vidal, Boyata, Tutte.

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