Manager Roberto Mancini has been forced to defend Manchester City’s loan policy, after a growing injury list has resulted in a lack of options for the run into the end of the season.
"If there are some players who want to leave because they wish to play every game, it is difficult," he told reporters.
"Should two or three players leave the club, you could buy two or three more.
"But we didn't think four or five important players would get injured in the space of 20 days."
Adam Johnson, James Milner, Shay Given and Mario Balotelli are all reportedly on the long term injury list, and Kolo Toure is suspended for testing positive to a drug test.
Should Manchester City make the semi finals of the FA Cup, they will have to play twice a week until the end of the season.
Mancini was rather bleak when asked about this prospect - “this could be a big problem,” he said.
Manchester City currently have as many as 11 players on loan according to reports, including big names Emmanuel Adebayor, Wayne Bridge and Roque Santa Cruz.