City midfielder could be out for several weeks

Manchester City midfielder, James Milner

James Milner looks set to spend a prolonged period on the sidelines after injuring his toe in training, ESPN reports.

Milner will reportedly see a specialist regarding the problem and is likely to be out of action for several weeks.

But Manchester City claim they are not certain how long the midfielder will be out for, until the result of the scan is revealed.

“Milner has a problem in his toe. He has pain. He will see a specialist on Monday and after that we’ll decide what to do,” City manager Roberto Mancini said.

The 26-year-old has been ousted to the fringes of Mancini’s squad making just one start and one substitute appearance in the Premier League so far this season.

Despite a lack of opportunities at City in the early part of the season, Milner has impressed on international duty with England and put in a selfless performance as the Three Lions defeated Moldova 5-0.

It is a major blow for the former Aston Villa player, who now faces increased competition in midfield since the arrivals of Scott Sinclair and Jack Rodwell.

Meanwhile, Maicon looks set to miss the Capital One Cup clash with Villa due to a foot injury picked up in the Champions League defeat at Real Madrid.