Manchester City midfielder Adam Johnson could be ruled out of action for up to three months following suspected ankle ligament damage following a training session before his side’s FA Cup fourth round match against Notts County.
After the club’s 1-1 draw with the League One, City boss Roberto Mancini confirmed the suspected extent of Johnson’s injury. The 23 year old will now miss England’s friendly against Denmark on 9 February and could, if the injury is as bad a first thought, also sit out the national team’s Euro 2012 qualifying match against Wales at the Millennium Stadium on 26 March.
Johnson has become an important player for both City and England having made the switch from Championship club Middlesbrough part way through last season, he has gone on to make 45 appearances for City, scoring seven goals in the process, while under England manager Fabio Capello he has won six caps and scored twice for his country although he did not make the final 23 man squad for last summer’s World Cup.
Mancini must now decide whether to put a halt to Shaun Wright-Phillips leaving the club as the transfer window comes to a close. Wright-Phillips, in his second spell at the club following a move to Chelsea, has been a fringe player for much of the Italian’s reign at the City of Manchester Stadium. Wright-Phillips handed in a transfer request earlier this month; however the club are yet to receive any offers for the England player.
Mancini could, with the transfer window set to close tonight, have little time to find a replacement for Johnson and may therefore decide to keep Wright-Phillips until the summer when, if he has made a contribution to the clubs second half of the season, he could well find a big money move to another top English club.