Football: Kinkladze still a Maine man

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Georgi Kinkladze has reaffirmed his commitment to Manchester City and denied claims that he is unhappy at Maine Road.

The Georgian midfielder is determined to play in tonight's First Division match with Port Vale, despite having 36 stitches in his back following an accident last week in which he wrote off his Ferrari. Kinkladze said: "I want to play and I want people to know that I am still very happy to play for City."

Lee Bradbury has not recovered from a back injury sustained playing for England's Under-21 side, while fellow City striker Uwe Rosler will have a fitness test on his injured ankle.

Nottingham Forest, the First Division leaders, face Bury at Gigg Lane without their defender Craig Armstrong, who pick up a groin injury in Saturday's win over Crewe, but goalkeeper Dave Beasant is close to completing his transfer from Southampton.