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Hughes' Injury Concerns

MARK HUGHES will make a late decision on his starting eleven for tomorrow's trip to Norwich as he sweats over the availability of several of his first team regulars.

The City boss is already without long-term absentees Robert Huth and Oussama Assaidi for the trip to Norfolk, whilst Charlie Adam misses out too as he serves the first of a three-match ban.

Hughes is hoping that Geoff Cameron is deemed fit enough to feature after his midweek exploits with the United States, but Marko Arnautovic and Peter Odemwingie's chances of featuring are less certain.

"We decided not to risk Peter last weekend, and in the end that proved to be the right decision because after training on Monday he told us that his calf wasn't quite right," the 50-year-old said on Friday.

"He came through a light session yesterday with the lads which was positive, and he again trained today, although there wasn't anything too strenuous involved in that.

"He's not really had a real solid session since picking up the injury last week, so we will have to have a look at him tomorrow and then make a decision which we feel is right.

"Marko is another one who we may have to go careful with because he has reported back from international duty with a tightness in his hamstrings.

"He will have a scan just to make sure that there isn't anything too serious in it, but at the moment, he is another one that we will have to check upon tomorrow."

He added: "Geoff didn't train today because he put in a large amount of work during his time away with the United States.

"He played the full 90 minutes in Cyprus on Wednesday too, so we thought it would be better to give him the chance to recuperate a little bit today. We are expecting him to be ok for tomorrow though." 

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