Hughes backs Robinho for swift return

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Manchester City manager Mark Hughes is confident Robinho can make a quick recovery from an ankle injury.

The 24-year-old Brazil striker came off in the second half at Eastlands on Saturday after attempting to score his second goal of the game in a 3-0 hammering of Arsenal.

With matches to come this week against Schalke in the UEFA Cup and perhaps more importantly Manchester United, it was a worrying moment for everyone at City. However, Hughes went some way to allaying those fears when he said: "Hopefully it is not going to compromise Robinho too long.

He added: "He has gone over on his ankle. It is one of those things that hurts immediately for 30 seconds then calms down quickly. We do not think there is any long-term damage."

Robinho, who cost £32.5 million from Real Madrid in the summer, had extended City's lead with a wonderful goal - his eighth in 11 Barclays Premier League matches.

He took a pass from Shaun Wright-Phillips in his stride then lobbed it over Almunia as the Spaniard advanced.

It was a moment to savour and City clinched victory thanks to a cool penalty from substitute Daniel Sturridge after he had been bundled over by Johan Djourou.

Hughes was delighted to see his side get back on track and put strife-torn Arsenal to the sword.

He said: "I think it is only the second time in the Premier League we have been able to beat them, so it is a significant victory for us.

"We were good value for the win as well. We had a game plan and wanted to break up the rhythm of their play."

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