City striker Dickov ruled out for two months

January 15, 2007

Manchester City striker Paul Dickov has been ruled out for up to eight weeks because of of a broken toe.

The 34-year-old has suffered discomfort since before Christmas and underwent an x-ray about 10 days ago.

Dickov is to have surgery this evening to try to solve the problem.

It means the Scot is sidelined for the FA Cup replay against Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow.

Stephen Jordan is expcted to return to the squad following a virus while Hatem Trabelsi remains doubtful because of a hamstring strain.

• Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce has tipped Djamel Abdoun for a bright future after signing the winger on loan from Ajaccio.

Abdoun, 20, who has featured at youth level for France, is expected to play the majority of the season in the reserves.

Pearce said: 'He plays wide on the right and is probably one for the future rather than the here and now.'