City suffer Given blow
Manchester City have confirmed that Shay Given suffered a dislocated shoulder in the 0-0 Premier League draw at Arsenal Saturday, ruling the goalkeeper out of the remainder of the season.
The Republic of Ireland keeper had to receive oxygen as he was carried off on a stretcher having made a fine save from Abou Diaby midway through the second half at Emirates Stadium. That meant an unexpected debut for Faroe Islands goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen who stepped in for his debut and he could now face Aston Villa, Tottenham and West Ham with regular number two Stuart Taylor recovering from knee surgery.
City manager Roberto Mancini told the club's official website: "Shay's injury will be a problem. It's not good for us because Shay is a fantastic goalkeeper. He is important to us, but in football you can always get injured. Shay is in hospital, but we have 10 days and must play three big games. Gunnar came on and did very well. Stuart is still some way off and everyone must be 200% now."
Mancini may investigate whether City have a recall clause in the terms of Joe Hart's loan move to Birmingham as City bid for fourth place although it is understood no such detail was included in the season-long agreement.
Defender Kolo Toure admitted Given will be a loss, but gave his backing to Nielsen. "I think he's done his shoulder," said the Ivorian. "He's a really important player for us. "I think the second goalkeeper did really well."
A point gained
Mancini was pleased to hold the Gunners at the Emirates. "It's a good point. I think we played a good game today," the Italian said on ESPN. "Today I think we deserved a point. I think a draw is the right result. We had spirit and character, it's not easy to play here."
Toure also saw the draw as a point gained. "One point is always really good because when you go to Arsenal it's always really difficult to play against them," he said. "It was a really tough game. Both teams were a little bit scared as we know each other and both teams have good strikers."