Sport Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic could make his awaited return from injury in the League Cup semi-final second leg against West Ham

Jovetic has seen his start to life with City hampered by injury but he could make his return against the Hammers in the League Cup semi-final second leg

Defensive responsibility falls to Ferdinand in Terry absence

Rio Ferdinand can prepare to be England's defensive rock again after John Terry's injury added to Fabio Capello's woes.

Kidd plays down fears over Balotelli's future with City

Manchester City assistant manager Brian Kidd has described reports that Mario Balotelli is set to be out of action until the end of November as nonsense. After arriving at Eastlands from Internazionale amid a huge fanfare, Balotelli's £24m move to the Premier League has so far fallen flat. Injured on a goalscoring debut against Timisoara last month, Balotelli was sent back to Italy to begin rehabilitation after a knee operation that City hoped he would be back from within a couple of months.

Glenn Moore: Fabregas silences doubters of his dedication to Wenger's cause

The handcuffs gesture was in Slovakia – Nicolas Anelka's comment on the French Football Federation. To listen to the noises emanating from Catalonia this summer one could expected a similar act at the Emirates when Cesc Fabregas scored. According to Barcelona their native son is being held against his will in Arsenal's gilded prison.

Ancelotti backs Terry to reclaim England place as defender returns for club

John Terry has recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out of England's first two qualifiers of their Euro 2012 campaign and goes straight back into the Chelsea team that travels across London to West Ham United today. He might not find it so easy to win back his England place however.

Gerrard relishing central role admits Capello

Fabio Capello is happy to see Steven Gerrard loving life back in central midfield.

Barry hails Manchester City's England players

Gareth Barry believes the hardcore of England internationals in the Manchester City squad can help propel the club to trophy glory.

Carson released from England squad

Goalkeeper Scott Carson has been released from the England squad to play against Bulgaria following a family bereavement.

Injury problems mount for Capello

England's preparations for their opening Euro 2012 qualifier against Bulgaria at Wembley on Friday began with only one fit goalkeeper able to take part in training this morning.

Beleaguered Capello beset by echoes of the McClaren era

Luckless, unloved, and with vital qualifying matches ahead, the England manager is suffering an injury nightmare – just like his predecessor. Sam Wallace reports

Mancini short at left-back with Kolarov facing two months out

Manchester City fear that their new £19m left-back Aleksandar Kolarov could be out for more than two months after injuring ankle ligaments against Tottenham on Saturday. The latest medical bulletin on Kolarov is that his injury is worse than Roberto Mancini first thought and leaves the City manager with a problem at left-back with Wayne Bridge also out for two weeks. The club have spent around £130m on players this summer but it means that Mancini must look at co-opting Gareth Barry or possibly Joleon Lescott in the position.

Balotelli quick off mark to put City in the ascendancy

FC Timisoara 0 Manchester City 1

Viera set to escape red card ban

Patrick Vieira is unlikely to be suspended for the start of the Barclays Premier League season following his sending off against Inter Milan at the weekend, the Football Association have confirmed.

England call too strong for Carragher

Jamie Carragher has admitted he could not turn down the chance to play for England again.

Mancini relishing Tottenham showdown

Ten months hard work has come down to 90 minutes for Manchester City - and Roberto Mancini cannot wait.

O'Neill counts his blessings over landing 'iconic' Dunne

Former City favourite is guaranteed a warm welcome on his return to Eastlands with Villa, says John Curtis
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