Updated: Friday, 24th January 2020 @ 6:05pm

Alv be back: Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo faces three-month lay-off after breaking foot

Alv be back: Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo faces three-month lay-off after breaking foot

| By Liam Geraghty

Manchester City's Alvaro Negredo has been ruled out for up to three months after suffering the dreaded broken metatarsal injury during pre-season.

The crocked star posted an image of his right foot placed in a different kind of boot this morning as City’s medical team confirmed he faced a lay-off.

The Spaniard took to his Instagram account and posted: “I want to let you know that it’s going to be hard for the next few months.

“I fractured my fifth metatarsal and will be out a few months. I will be back stronger than ever.”

The 28-year-old set-up Blues outcast Scott Sinclair for his side’s opener in the clash with Hearts on Friday as City closed out their two-match Scottish tour with a 2-1 win.

Negredo was substituted in one of ten changes made at the break – with Sinclair the only player to remain – before Aleksander Kolarov’s penalty ten minutes from time clinched the victory.

After making a bright start to his Etihad career following his £20million transfer from Sevilla last summer, Negredo's season tailed off and he missed out on Spain’s World Cup disaster after losing out to Chelsea’s Fernando Torres.

Negredo, nicknamed ‘the Beast’ by Blues’ fans, ended up with a record of a goal every two games with 26 strikes in his first 52 appearances for the club.

However, he did not notch again after grabbing a brace against West Ham in the Capital One Cup semi-final in January and bagged only one Premier League goal since the turn of the year.

Wayne Rooney and David Beckham are among other footballers who have been crocked by the injury in the past during their time in Manchester.

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