Bridge on road to full recovery

BY foxsports • December 15, 2009

The City full-back has been sidelined by a knee ligament complaint he suffered in the Premier League victory over Chelsea at the start of the month. Initial estimates were that the England star would be out of action for six weeks, which made him doubtful for both legs of the eagerly-awaited Carling Cup semi-final with Manchester United. However, Bridge is making good progress and has raised the possibility that he could be back sooner than anticipated. "It is definitely a lot better," he told "I am walking without a brace this week. "I need to make sure I am strong first. But I will push it as hard as I can to be back and hope to be back at the start of the new year." In the meantime, veteran Brazilian Sylvinho is set to keep his place for Wednesday night's trip to top-four challengers Tottenham. Craig Bellamy is definitely absent through suspension, while Shaun Wright-Phillips is a major doubt after suffering an ankle injury at Bolton on Saturday. However, after his recent bout of swine flu, Nigel de Jong was able to do some solo work in the gym and should be available. City travel to Spurs looking to register just their second league win at White Hart Lane since 1991.

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