Manchester City centre-half Joleon Lescott’s hopes of playing in this summer’s World Cup finals are in jeopardy after it was revealed that he faces up to six weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
The England international suffered a partial tear of the tendon during the warm-up for Sunday’s game at Fulham.
City have now confirmed that the injury is likely to keep Lescott out of action for up to six weeks.
“Joleon Lescott is facing a lay-off of between four and six weeks following a full analysis of the hamstring injury he picked up last weekend,” read a statement released on the club’s official website.
“The news is a big blow to City with nine games of the season left. England have been informed of the situation.
“The injury, a partial tear of the hamstring tendon at its origin close to the pubic bone, forced Joleon to drop out of last Sunday’s game at Fulham at the last minute.
“He had originally been selected at left-back to replace Wayne Bridge, out for a month after a hernia operation, and the injury will stretch Roberto Mancini’s defensive options even further.
“After having his new injury scanned on Monday, Joleon has had an injection and undergone ultrasound treatment as he starts the recovery process, with the hope being that he can play some part in the closing stages of the season.”
Lescott has been a regular member of Fabio Capello’s England squad, but the latest injury setback will cast doubt on his fitness for this summer’s finals.