Manchester City have been dealt a huge blow heading into the new season.
Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo will be out for up to three months after fracturing the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.
Negredo, 28, broke the bone in his foot in Man City’s 2-1 friendly win over Scottish side Hearts on Friday. Negredo limped off just before half time and will now be out of action until at least November.
The man known around the Etihad as ‘The Beast’ posted a short message to City’s fans on his Instagram account, complete with a picture of his right foot in the dreaded plastic boot, as he aims to come back stronger despite missing a large chunk of the 2014-15 Premier League season.
“I want to let you know that its going to be hard for the next few months, I fractured my 5th metatarsal and will be out a few months. I will be back stronger than ever.”
Negredo banged in 26 goals for City in his debut season at the Etihad last year following his move from Sevilla. The striker was red-hot early on in the campaign, as all 26 came before January 11. Then he suffered a massive drought in front of goal, with the powerful forward going 16 games without scoring to close out the season. That barren spell ultimately cost Negredo a spot on the Spanish national team roster for the World Cup and now this injury has come at a time when some reports had him linked with a move away from the Citizens.
Now City’s manager Manuel Pellegrini will have to think about potentially replacing Negredo, as he has Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero up top. Pellegrini will likely refrain from buying another forward over the summer, as Stevan Jovetic and John Guidetti could stake their claim to become regulars.
Anyone who has broken a metatarsal (unfortunately I have past experience with this) can tell you that it is a long road to recovery and stepping up the rehab too early can cause plenty more damage. Get well soon, Alvaro.
We know how they got here, but an interesting question is which moment will live in your memory when you’re reminded of Leicester’s run?
Game 5 — Dyer win Derby in stoppage
It had been a remarkable early season for Claudio Ranieri‘s troops when the Foxes came back from a 2-0 deficit against Midlands rivals Aston Villa, and substitute Nathan Dyer capped off the 3-2 win in style.
Game 14 — Vardy sets a Premier League record
Ruud van Nistelrooy taking a backseat to Jamie Vardy was unfathomable even a month beforehand, but Vardy’s goal gave him a Premier League record 11-straight matches with a goal (and all in one season). Not bad for the man deemed too old by a 2.Bundesliga team.
Game 25 — Blowout at the Etihad
Certainly many had this date circled as the beginning of a downturn for Leicester, but Riyad Mahrez dazzled while Robert Huth scored a pair of goals in a 3-1 ride past Manchester City on the road. It was on.
Game 27 — Ulloa starts earthquakes
Leicester looked destined to somehow find a draw from a dominant performance when Leonardo Ulloa lifted the Foxes to a late win over Norwich, causing mini earthquakes at the King Power Stadium.
Game 34 — Chaos at King Power
A game easily categorized in short, insane outbursts, or just the name Jon Moss
Vardy sent off for diving ?!? Penalty to West Ham for what?!? Penalty to Leicester for what?!?
LONDON (AP) The English Football Association has charged Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini and Leicester defender Robert Huth with violent conduct after they clashed during a Premier League game at the weekend.
Fellaini reacted to getting his hair pulled by Huth by appearing to strike the defender with his elbow as they jostled at a set-piece during the 1-1 draw between the teams on Sunday.
“We want to continue to build,” he told SSN HQ’s Rob Dorsett. “When I came here, the project was to build a very good foundation and slowly, slowly to grow up together in three to four years to fight for the Europa League and slowly come to fight for the Champions League.
“Now the season is out of our project but of course, the foundation is very solid. We know very well we have to fight for the position but we want to do our best. I’m positive and I want to fight.”
You’ll probably say he’s continuing a pattern of being sly — lowering sunglasses — like a fox, as Ranieri started 2015-16 wanting 40 points, then the Top Four, before finally admitting the title was an option.
You think he’s going to claim he’ll repeat? You can cue The Who, because Claudio… we won’t get fooled again.