City wait on Bellamy fitness
Craig Bellamy is a 'big doubt' for Manchester City's trip to Arsenal, but Robinho should be fit.
Last Updated: 02/04/09 4:15pm
Mark Hughes admits Craig Bellamy is a 'big doubt' for Manchester City's trip to Arsenal on Saturday, but hopes Robinho will be fit.
Bellamy is struggling to shake off a knee injury which forced him out of Wales' World Cup qualifying defeat by Germany on Wednesday night.
The striker is receiving treatment back at his club and Hughes is waiting to learn if his January signing will be available to face Arsenal.
"Craig has got a little bit of an issue with his knee," said Hughes on Sky Sports News. "He felt it in training earlier in the week after the game (against Finland).
"He's back in now, we're having a look at it and we will see how it is. He's a big doubt for the weekend.
"As for the rest of them, we're just waiting for them to come back so we can see them personally, but we haven't had any information from the associations that any other players have a problem."
Robinho was substituted during Brazil's win over Peru on Wednesday, but Hughes is optimistic his record signing will make the squad at Emirates Stadium.
He added: "We've had a message back that he should be okay, but obviously he's not getting back until Friday afternoon."
Meanwhile, Hughes has reiterated he is not concerned by Robinho's form, with the former Real Madrid forward still to score for City in 2009.
Hughes continued: "I think it was a case that he's come to a new league, a new team, a new club and had a great impact in the initial part of it.
"Obviously, at this moment in time, he's playing week in, week out and it's something he hadn't done for quite some time, so maybe there was a little reaction to all those factors and he hasn't been able to have the impact he did initially.
"It's also maybe a consequence of other teams as well having the knowledge of what Robbie wants to do against them and they try to negate that, so we have to give a little bit of credit to the opposition stopping Robbie having an influence on the game."