Manchester City have been dealt another blow with the news veteran midfielder Dietmar Hamann has been ruled out for up to three months with a toe injury.
The former Germany star suffered the injury in training on Monday and is now travelling to Switzerland to see a specialist for the exact diagnosis.
Manager Mark Hughes told www.mcfc.co.uk: "Didi kicked a ball in training on Monday with the end of a toe, and unfortunately it looks like he may have ruptured a tendon."
He added: "He will go over to Zurich to see a surgeon that he has seen with a similar injury before. The feeling is that it is the same thing that has happened before.
Hughes, who is already without long-term injury victims Michael Johnson and Martin Petrov and has Stephen Ireland suspended for Saturday's encounter with Wigan, is fearing the worst and added: "The best case scenario is that it will be nine weeks, but it could be 12.
"Obviously it is a blow for Didi but we are a bit light in midfield areas so we could have done without this."
Hamann has made 18 appearances for the Blues this season and, with Ireland missing, would have been in contention to face Steve Bruce's men.
It might force Hughes to once again approach West Ham about Scott Parker, although the feeling has been City stood more chance of agreeing a deal for Craig Bellamy.
So far, despite the vast resources at their disposal, City have been unable to tie up any transfers, other than that of Wayne Bridge, whose £10million arrival from Chelsea was confirmed 11 days ago.
There is however, some optimism that a Blackburn board meeting might give a green light to the Blues' approach for Roque Santa Cruz.
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