Hughes accepts Ade loss
Mark Hughes has told Man City they must learn to play without star striker Emmanuel Adebayor.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 27/09/09 4:26pm
Mark Hughes has told his Manchester City players they must get used to playing without star striker Emmanuel Adebayor.
The Togo international sits out his final game of a three-match ban for his stamp on Arsenal's Robin Van Persie when West Ham visit Eastlands on Monday.
The frontman also has another FA charge hanging over his head for his controversial celebration against his former club, meaning Hughes could be without the 26-year-old for even longer.
While Hughes knows he will be without Adebayor for up to a month when the African Cup of Nations begin in January.
"Ade has been a big part of the start that we have been able to achieve," he said.
"But at times during the season, certainly when he is on international duty next year, we will have to go into games without him.
"We may as well get used to being without him and making sure we understand what we have to do when he is not around."
The blow of losing Adebayor for a prolonged period could be softened by the fact that Hughes has Roque Santa Cruz available for the first time against the Hammers after a knee problem.
Also back in contention after a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to an abdominal injury is midfielder Michael Johnson.