Joleon Lescott: Will Injury End the Manchester City Star's World Cup Dream?

Ieuan BeynonCorrespondent IIIMarch 23, 2010

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02:  Joleon Lescott of Man City during the Carling Cup quarter final match between Manchester City and Arsenal at City of Manchester stadium on December 2, 2009 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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It's a sad day for Manchester City and England fans alike.

Joleon Lescott has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury.

With the trip to South Africa just around the corner, does this spell the end for the big defender's World Cup aspirations?

Hopefully not, as he may be able to make an appearance for City before the end of the season.

In the short term this is a huge blow to Roberto Mancini's men as they look to secure the final Champions League spot.

In recent weeks Lescott has become the linchpin of the City back line. His performances alongside Vincent Kompany, keeping captain Kolo Toure out of the side, have been very valuable to the club.

Injured during the warm-up against Fulham last weekend, Lescott was due to fill in at left back in the absence of Wayne Bridge.

In the long run, this is what England could miss. His versatility.

With Ashley Cole out injured and Bridge refusing to be on the same squad as John Terry, England are lacking a quality left back with international experience.

Lescott has both, as he's played for Everton and England at left back in the past.

This may be Lescott's best chance of playing this summer—assuming he his fit again to be in the squad—with Terry and Rio Ferdinand the top choice centre backs. Left back could be his path into playing time.

So the defensive problems for England continue, as Lescott would have surely been on the plane to South Africa if healthy.

Now both he and Fabio Capello both have to pray for a quick recovery.

City can roll with the punch a bit better—they can recall Toure, and they have Micah Richards and Nedum Onuoha to cover for Lescott in his absence.

So Lescott needs some luck on the injury front, something that has deserted him in the past. Let's just hope this time 'round the tables are turned.

For his sake, and that of England.