CITY will be without left-back Wayne Bridge at least until the New Year.
But the Blues have survived a second defensive injury scare with Micah Richards set to be fit to face Bolton on Saturday.
Bridge is believed to have tweaked medial knee ligaments during the 2-1 weekend win over Chelsea and at first it was feared he may be a long-term casualty.
I know the initial estimate was that Bridge would be out for two weeks, which seemed overly optimistic, but this seems a more likely timescale.
Whilst Bridge has been playing well, it is not as though we are without plenty of options. Sylvinho is the likeliest you would think, although Garrido is also an alternative. Over at the MEN story there has been plenty of call for Lescott to move across with Onouha or Kompany slotting in the centre.
I doubt Hughes goes for this though. He didn't on Saturday (when neither Sylvinho or Garrido were on the bench), preferring to drop Barry back in there and bring on Kompany in midfield (perhaps as an attempt to close out Chelsea even further though) and with signs that Toure and Lescott are gelling he won't want to split the partnership.