Surgery for City star
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Manchester City ace Shaun Wright-Phillips could be sidelined for two months.Manchester City ace Shaun Wright-Phillips could be sidelined for two months due to a knee injury.
The England international tore cartilage in his right knee during City's thrilling 3-2 victory at Norwich City on Monday evening.
Wright-Phillips was hurt after falling awkwardly at Carrow Road and will now require surgery to rectify the problem.
City estimate that the winger could need up to two months before he is able to play for the club again.
That could leave him struggling to return before the end of the season but he will definitely miss England's World Cup qualifiers against Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan in the spring.
The 23-year-old had not missed a minute's action for City this term and boss Kevin Keegan lamented the injury to his star player.
"Of course it is a blow to lose Shaun," Keegan told the club's official website.
"The medical opinion is that it is a six-to-eight week rehab process.
"But Wrighty is very professional and a quick healer and I can assure you that he is in great hands with our medical team."
Keegan admits Wright-Phillips' absence will present an opportunity for a younger member of the City squad, with Willo Flood and Lee Croft the likeliest beneficiaries of their team-mate's misfortune.
The City boss added: "It could be that the only positive result from Shaun's injury is that it will give an opportunity to some of the younger lads to get Premiership experience."