Fabian Balbuena’s hopes of making a return to the team for the match against Arsenal on Saturday have been dashed.
The Paraguyan central defender – injured in the game against Watford trying to prevent a move which eventually led to a penalty – has suffered a setback in his recovery.
And talking to Claret and Hugh by e-mail this morning a senior source revealed the injury may now need a small operation.
It’s a blow for manager Manuel Pellegrini who will be forced to continue with Angelo Ogbonna at central defence in a partnership which at times hasn’t looked anything like as solid as that between Issa Diop and The General.
However the good news is that both Chicharito and Ryan Fredericks are back in full training this week and will be available for selection assuming there are no further problems before the end of the week.
Our source explained: “”Balbuena has had a setback and might need a small operation. Chicharito and Fredericks are both now in full training.”