Robinho close to return
Man City boss Mark Hughes believes Robinho is on the verge of returning to first-team action.
Last Updated: 13/10/09 9:42am
Manchester City manager Mark Hughes believes Robinho is on the verge of returning to first-team action following his ankle injury.
The Brazil star has been unavailable since the end of August due to a stress fracture and there has been speculation that he could struggle to regain a place in Hughes' plans.
With City making an impressive start to the season in Robinho's absence, a January transfer has been rumoured and Barcelona have refused to rule out a move.
But he appears a part of Hughes' thoughts and the City boss is focused upon the former Real Madrid player's return, which could come in the Carling Cup clash with Scunthorpe on 28th October.
"Robi' is not far away, he's probably got about 10 more days and then he can be back in the group," Hughes told City's official website.
"He's working every day, we're trying to get him back as soon as we can but with a bone injury there is a certain length of time to give it the injury.
"You cannot come back early when it's an injury like the one he has had, but he's on track and he'll be back soon."
Hughes is also looking to help Roque Santa Cruz and Michael Johnson back to full fitness.
"They are both back in the fold," he added.
"But they still need games and we are looking to get some more match-play into them, if we can, in between being involved at first-team level. I'm pleased with what they have shown in training."