Jovetic injury, striker loans to limit Manchester City vs Arsenal on Saturday


Arsenal probably has a pretty good idea of who will start at striker for Manchester City this weekend, as Stevan Jovetic picked up a hamstring injury in the international window with Montenegro.

And Manchester’s freaking out a bit, man (or at least City fans are in a foul mood about their depth).

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That’s because Manuel Pellegrini did not pick up a striker in the transfer window and allowed two striker on loan moves: Alvaro Negredo to Valencia and John Guidetti to Celtic (though the latter hasn’t done much on the pitch for any club since his Feyenoord loan in 2012).

So Pellegrini’s a bit down on options right now.

From the Manchester Evening News:

The Blues are yet to release an update on his condition but Jovetic is not fit enough to take part in his country’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Moldova tonight and was not in the match squad.

Unless the injury is less severe than feared, it could well rule him out of the lunchtime clash with Arsenal on Saturday, leaving the Blues with just Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko as fit first-team strikers.

Negredo would not have been available in any case given his foot injury, but the Jovetic news is a cold reminder of City’s reduced options in his absence.

Fortunately for City, they are in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League this year and can handle an injury alright. But in terms of Saturday morning’s early cracker against Arsenal, the selections are pretty clear.