Given will not go cheaply – Mancini

Given is set to make his first appearance of the season in

Wednesday’s Carling Cup tie at West Brom, just three days after

Mancini confirmed he could leave City in January. The Republic of

Ireland star has lost out to Joe Hart in the battle to be City’s

number one keeper this season and, although he remained at

Eastlands during the last days of the transfer window, is likely to

seek pastures new when it re-opens again in the New Year. Already

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has been forced to play down

speculation that he might try and get Given back to St James’ Park

on an emergency loan following the injury sustained by Steve

Harper. Now Mancini has stepped in to confirm that Given is still

wanted by City and will not be released without the buying club

coming up with substantial funds. “Shay is an important player and

he will cost someone a lot of money,” said the City boss. “I said

Shay could leave the club if he wants and we have a good option but

if he stayed it would be OK for me.” Mancini has also repeated his

assurance that he has not had a bust-up with £25million

striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who could also come into contention for

tomorrow’s trip to the Hawthorns. “It is false that I fought in the

dressing room or the pitch with Emmanuel Adebayor,” said Mancini.

“We discussed his situation, that is all.” After reaching the

semi-finals of last season’s competition before losing out in a

thrilling two-legged encounter with Manchester United, Mancini is

keen to make amends and end the Blues’ 34-year trophy drought.

However, his hopes of beating West Brom tomorrow have been hampered

by an injury list that shows no signs of reducing as Jerome Boateng

and Joleon Lescott remain sidelined, combined with the knowledge

that City require fresh bodies for Saturday lunchtime’s encounter

with champions Chelsea. “We have a lot of problems at the moment

with certain players injured,” he said. “Also, we must change maybe

seven players. If not it will be impossible for them to play

against Chelsea because it is a lunchtime game on Saturday and they

don’t have time to recover.”