Injuries clear up for Citizens

Manager Mark Hughes was a happy man after seeing his side sweep aside Scunthorpe United 5-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup.

The win saw striker Roque Santa Cruz mark his first start for the club with a goal, while fit-again midfielder Michael Johnson also got on the scoresheet.

Hughes said after the Eastlands victory:"We have got virtually everyone back now. We have been able to rest players and the injured ones will be back for the weekend.

"We have a full complement of riches now to chose from and we are delighted with the positives from this one.

"We gave Roque Santa Cruz his first game and he was excellent. He got a fine goal and his movement and awareness of people around him was first-class.

"Also we had Michael Johnson finally back after his injuries. The goal he scored showed the quality he has and thankfully he is back fit and well.

"You can then see the talent he has. He has been really missed and we now want him in the side more regularly. He'll be like a new signing considering he's been out for over a year with various injuries."

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