City sweating on Robinho

Image: Robinho: Thigh problem

Manchester City face an anxious wait to determine the full extent of an injury sustained by Robinho.

Brazil striker injured on international duty

Manchester City face an anxious wait to determine the full extent of an injury sustained by Robinho. The Brazil international lasted just 63 minutes of his country's 2010 World Cup qualifying clash with Colombia on Wednesday before hobbling out of the action. A minor thigh strain is believed to have been the reason behind his premature departure, although the problem is not thought to be too serious. The South American playmaker does, however, face a race against time to prove his fitness ahead of City's Premier League trip to Newcastle on Monday. Robinho will be hoping to fare better in that contest than he did for his country, as Brazil were held to a dour goalless draw by Colombia.

Horrible

The 24-year-old admits he is at a loss as to how he was able to sustain an injury during such a lacklustre performance, while he also accepted that those inside the Maracana Stadium were within their rights to vent their frustrations at the players. "I did not strike a ball at goal. I did not dribble. I did not do anything worthwhile. I was awful and, yet, left the field injured," he told Globoesporte. He added: "The fans have a right (to boo). "I had an awful match. In fact, all the team played bad. "But it is also true that the Colombians committed many fouls and did not allow us to play."

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