Alvaro Negredo Injury: Updates on Manchester City Star's Shoulder and Return

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Alvaro Negredo Injury: Updates on Manchester City Star's Shoulder and Return
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Updates from Tuesday, Jan. 28

Manchester City provides a synopsis of Manuel Pellegrini discussing Alvaro Negredo's injury status:

Updates from Friday, Jan. 24

Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed Manchester City are not concerned by Alvaro Negredo's shoulder injury.

Pellegrini said ahead of City's FA Cup clash with Watford, per the club's official Twitter feed:

Updates from Thursday, Jan. 23

Alvaro Negredo is not expected to miss any Premier League games for Manchester City, despite damaging his shoulder against West Ham.

Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail provides the latest:

Alvaro Negredo is expected to be fit for Manchester City's crucial Barclays Premier League fixtures against Tottenham and Chelsea despite concerns over the striker's shoulder injury.

The Spaniard was hurt in the Capital One Cup semi-final victory at West Ham and was spotted with his right arm in a protective sling as he left the Bridgewater Hospital in Manchester on Wednesday following tests.

However, it is understood to have been purely precautionary. Negredo did not require further treatment at City's Carrington training ground and had the day off along with the rest of the first-team squad.


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Manchester City are nervously awaiting news on the health of sensational summer signing Alvaro Negredo after he damaged his shoulder in the Capital One Cup semifinal against West Ham, per Rob Parrish of Sky Sports

Negredo exited the field at the end of the match after receiving treatment for a fall, which was the result of a challenge by James Tomkins.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini told Sky Sports: "He has some problems with his shoulder, we will see tomorrow if it is serious or not. At the moment he has a pain, but we don't know what kind of pain it is."

Negredo has had a wondrous start for his new club, scoring 21 goals in all competitions, per Sky Sports. His form during Sergio Aguero's enforced layoff, due to injury, kept City firmly in the hunt for trophies in all competitions.  

With major fixtures both domestically and in Europe about to take place, the severity of this injury could have a huge impact on the Manchester club's title charge.

Thankfully for City, the recent return of Aguero will lessen any blow, but losing Negredo would exert a different type of pressure on Pellegrini's squad.  

The Citizens have some important fixtures in the next few weeks, including a visit to a resurgent Tottenham Hotspur, and potentially season-defining home matches against Chelsea and Barcelona. 

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Any injury to Negredo will force City to rely heavily on Eden Dzeko, who has scored only six goals in the Premier League this season, per Squawka.

Negredo's form has been a surprise to many. The Spanish international has taken no time at all to settle in England, and he has quickly become an integral part of City's team. 

Pellegrini will hope his powerful forward spends as little time on the sidelines as possible. 

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