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Injury halts James Milner’s promising form as Manchester City boss fears losing Kolo and Yaya Toure again

By Kim Richards

James Milner has failed to banish his injury woes after struggling to recover in time for Manchester City’s clash with Everton tomorrow.

Milner featured as a substitute in City’s 2-0 midweek win week at Wigan, but limped off soon after scoring their second goal with a sumptuous strike.

The England winger is also a doubt for City’s Champions League visit to Borussia Dortmund and the crucial Manchester derby which follows, but Roberto Mancini is unsure of the extent of his injury.

“James is out for tomorrow. We will try to recover him for next Sunday but we don’t know,” said Mancini.

“He played against Chelsea and played very well. He came back after injury, now he played 20 minutes and had a hamstring (injury).

“We are disappointed because James was in good form in this moment.”

Mancini also spoke of his desire not to lose Kolo and Yaya Toure, and fringe player Abdul Razak to the African Nations Cup in January.

In the absence of the Toure brothers last season the Premier League holders struggled with a frustrating run of form.

“If we lost Yaya and Kolo and maybe Abdul, who also has not played a lot of games here but maybe in January could be important,” Mancini added.

“If we have two or three players injured and we don’t have other players – I hope that maybe they don’t go in this competition.

“We talk and we need to talk more with their manager but it is difficult.”

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