Stevan Jovetić was assessed by City’s medical staff today after pulling up with a calf injury against Newcastle. There is no word yet on the extent of his latest injury, but he is a major doubt for the weekend clash against Norwich.
Jovetić has struggled since arriving from Fiorentina, not because of the fierce competition in the City squad as some would have you believe, but because of constant injury niggles keeping him out.
His only 90 minute performance against Wigan in the Capital One Cup, where he scored twice, showed just what he can offer to City when fit. Pellegrini certainly knows what “Jo-Jo” is capable of.
Pellegrini on Jovetić (September ’09): “I watched Fiorentina play in the recent playoffs and Jovetić impressed me. He will be a revelation.”
There is breaking news this evening from Göteborgs-Posten in Sweden that John Guidetti will return to action on Friday for City’s U21s against Norwich U21s. This hasn’t been confirmed by City yet, but the information is said to come from former player Jens Fjellström.
Guidetti is fit again after a long knee injury that followed a potentially career ending illness, and confirmed it himself on Twitter yesterday.
Between absences, Guidetti scored 6 goals in 7 games for City’s U21s last season, showing the potency in front of goal that made him a hero while on loan at Feyenoord.
In yesterday’s City Summary after City were linked with Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, we said to expect many other links to follow with Joe Hart struggling. A day has passed and you can now add another to the list…
The Metro today reports that City will dispatch scouts to watch Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster (25) in the coming weeks. Forster has made a good impression for Celtic in the Champions League and is Hart’s main contender for the England number one shirt, so it’s an ‘easy’ link for the tabloids, much like Jack Butland last season.
Fernandinho’s dream of playing for Brazil at the World Cup next year is in danger of collapsing after Seleção coach Luiz Felipe Scolari again overlooked him for the latest national squad. Fernandinho had been hoping for a call-up, especially after adjusting well to a more disciplined and defensive role at City than the one he played at Shakhtar, highlighting his versatility to Scolari.
There is still time for Fernandinho, but it may just be a case of Scolari not rating him, much like Capello with Micah Richards when he was in excellent form during City’s title-winning year. Fernandinho has been one of City’s stand-out players lately and certainly better of late than Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva, who has been called up.
Matija Nastasic was recognised by French national newspaper L’Équipe today when named in its “Stars of Tomorrow” leading piece. 10 young players from across Europe were selected with Nastasic one of just two defenders alongside Real Madrid’s Raphaël Varane.
Nasty has had some wobbles this season, perhaps a case of ‘second season syndrome’, but it’s easy to forget he only turned 20 in March and remains one of Europe’s most promising young defenders.
Joe Hart on a back page? That’s a new one. It’s “D-DAY FOR JOE” according to tomorrow’s Daily Star, with Pellegrini ready to make his mind up on who will start in goal against Norwich.