Roberto Mancini looks set to have an uphill fight on his hands to qualify for Champions League this season, with a growing injury list now confirmed to be including Micah Richards.
It was first thought that Richards had overreacted to a hamstring injury which occurred during and under 21 England game, but after tests, the Manchester City defender has confirmed he will be out of action for up to six weeks, meaning he will miss the FA Cup semi final with Manchester United.
"It is not what I wanted to hear at all," Richards told reporters of the bad news.
"I felt sick when I was told. I knew from experience when I did it that it felt like a bad one but I was hoping for the best."
Jerome Boateng has also pulled up injured on international duty, hurting his knee during training with Germany.
"Initial reports from the German camp suggested Boateng will need surgery but the Blues will seek a second opinion once the club's own medical staff has made an assessment," a Manchester City spokesman said.
Pablo Zabaleta is also unavailable at the moment, after heading to Argentina on compassionate leave to see his seriously ill father.
Kolo Toure’s current suspension for failing a drug test is only adding to a lack of possible selections for Roberto Mancini, and with Liverpool and Tottenham biting at their heels for a Champions League spot and Manchester United to face twice in the FA Cup semi, the run to the end of the season looks to be very difficult for Manchester City.