Premier League

Mancini hints at Sinclair exit

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Fri, 03 May 2013 11:47:00

Arsenal head to relegated Queens Park Rangers on Saturday looking to climb above Chelsea and into third place in the Premier League table.

QPR will welcome Bobby Zamora back from his three-match ban for the visit of the Gunners this weekend.

Rangers could still be without on-loan Tottenham man Andros Townsend (hamstring) and Christopher Samba (knee), although the latter has a late fitness test.

Shaun Wright-Phillips (ankle) and Andrew Johnson (knee) will miss the remainder of the season, both having undergone surgery.

Arsenal will again be without suspended striker Olivier Giroud for Saturday's trip to Loftus Road.

Theo Walcott, who scored against Manchester United, and Lukas Podolski are both pressing for a central attacking role.

Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (rib) remains sidelined, while midfielder Abou Diaby (knee) is a long-term absentee.

The 24-year-old has started just three games for City since his ?6.2million move from Swansea last August.

Sinclair has been linked with a return to Swansea ahead of City's Barclays Premier League trip to the Liberty Stadium this weekend.

Mancini accepts he has not given the Great Britain Olympic player much opportunity and could understand if he was frustrated.

Mancini said: "This situation with Sinclair is difficult because I didn't give him a lot of chances to play. He is very unlucky.

"It is my fault, not his fault. A young player like Scott who is a good player deserves to play always.

"For him, it was a really difficult year this year."

When asked if that might mean Sinclair deserves to play somewhere else, Mancini, speaking at his regular press conference, said: "Scott is young and he has good quality but this year was difficult for him.

"I think it is better if he can have another solution.

"If he stays here, maybe, everything can change but I can understand his frustration in this moment because he didn't play a lot of games.

"For me, he is a good player. We have one team. For him, it was difficult.

"I repeat - he did everything well, he worked well, he is a good guy, he deserves to play.

"I can understand when one player can't play often it is difficult."

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