Zabaleta boost for Mancini

Manchester City have been boosted by the news that Pablo Zabaleta should be fit to face Stoke in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Last Updated: 21/01/13 at 15:39 Post Comment

Pablo Zabaleta: Set to face Stoke despite foot injury

Pablo Zabaleta: Set to face Stoke despite foot injury

The Argentina international suffered a foot injury in the 2-0 win over Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday and was forced to limp off but he is confident of being available for the trip to the Potteries.

City's other first-team right-back Micah Richards is still recovering from knee surgery, so the inclusion of Zabaleta in his squad would be a boost to City manager Roberto Mancini.

"I took a kick on the top of my foot which caused me a lot of pain afterwards and that's the reason it was better that I came off," Zabaleta told the club's official website.

"It looks better today, but there is a little discomfort when I walk or run so it is a bit sore and needs to settle down a little.

"Thankfully, the scan showed there was no serious damage. I should be fine for Saturday but it will be a couple of days before it is 100 per cent again.

"I did some bike work on Monday morning and on Tuesday I will try some running so I'm sure I will be available for the game against Stoke."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hy is the dinosaur trying to hold on to this.... Just leave... No one wants you in this position you corrupt loser. Let someone else take over....

arsenal121
Defiant Sepp blames minority

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

Footer 365

D-day for FIFA as Sepp Blatter opens 65th congress

Sepp Blatter has formally opened FIFA's congress on a day his critics hope could signal a new start for football.

FA chairman Greg Dyke calls for possible Russia 2018 boycott

FA chairman Greg Dyke wants UEFA nations to consider pulling out of the World Cup finals in Russia in three years' time.

Sepp Blatter vs Prince Ali: FIFA election explained

Will Sepp Blatter see off Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein? We explain how Friday's presidential vote works...

Mail Box

What Would You Do If You Were Blatter?

Step into Sepp's shoes, is the invitation from one mailboxer. Also: United already have their new number one, Rodgers deserves time, and the best Budget XI so far...

What Is It That FIFA Actually Do?

That's the question raised timidly by someone sat at the back of the room, whilst others remind that UEFA aren't perfect either. Plus a few more gone on to better XIs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company