Skipper woe for City
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Man City have suffered a new blow after Sylvain Distin was ruled out for over a month.Manchester City have suffered a new injury blow after captain Sylvain Distin was ruled out for over a month.
Distin tore an abductor muscle in training on Friday and will miss the opening four weeks of the Premiership season.
The City skipper's injury is an untimely one for manager Stuart Pearce, who is already without Richard Dunne for three months.
Pearce is likely to be forced into fielding an untried central defensive pairing for City's opening game of the campaign against West Brom next weekend.
The City boss has handed David Sommeil and Nedum Onuoha the chance to stake a claim for a start on August 13.
Sommeil and Onuoha have been chosen to start Saturday's friendly against Olympiakos and will aim to convince Pearce they should figure against The Baggies.
But, with Distin and Dunne missing for at least a month, Pearce may dip into his transfer kitty in the coming week.