Ade out of Salzburg opener
Emmanuel Adebayor has been ruled out of Man City's opening Europa League group game against Red Bull Salzburg.
Last Updated: 15/09/10 3:40pm
Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been ruled out of the opening Europa League group game against Red Bull Salzburg on Thursday.
Adebayor picked up a dead leg which forced him to miss the weekend draw against Blackburn at Eastlands.
Manager Roberto Mancini had hoped that the former Arsenal man would be fit for the trip to Austria as City look to find some form following a recent poor run of results.
However, the Togo international was not included in the 20-man squad leaving Mancini with just two orthodox strikers in Jo and Carlos Tevez, who is available despite a minor calf problem.
The Italian is already without Jerome Boateng, Aleksandar Kolarov, Nigel de Jong and Mario Balotelli through injury.
And there was further bad news for City as Joleon Lescott was also absent from the party which flew out to Austria.
However, Wayne Bridge did join up with the squad for the first time after recovering from a broken foot picked up in pre-season and he is set to make his first appearance of the season.
City are aiming to end a trophy drought that dates back to 1976 and goalkeeper Joe Hart feels the team will respond despite their recent poor form.
He told the club's official website: "It will not be easy, the place will be buzzing and Salzburg proved last year winning their title and their group in this competition that they are a decent side.
"We are determined to bounce back from the disappointment of dropping points at home, though I don't think we played badly at all against Blackburn.
"We have been solid defensively all season and that is important when you go away from home in any competition.
"We are in a very competitive group for qualification and in such circumstances getting off to the fastest of starts is important.
"We can't take anything for granted."
As well as the Austrians, City are also drawn alongside Italian giants Juventus and Polish outfit Lech Poznan in Group A.