Man City news – Mourinho to City? Johnson injury blow, Villa cup test

Villa cup test.

Manchester City will host Premier League rivals Aston Villa in the fifth round of the FA Cup assuming they overcome Notts County in the fourth round replay.

City will host the League One side to conclude the tie after a 1-1 draw at Meadow Lane on Sunday after Edin Dzeko levelled the scoring after County took the lead through a Neal Bishop goal to force the tie into a replay.

Aston Villa progressed to the fifth round following a 3-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers at Villa Park on Saturday and ran out 1-0 winners the last time they faced the Citizens at home.

The fifth round ties are scheduled to be played on the weekend of February 19 and 20.

Johnson injury blow.

Adam Johnson will be out of action for up to three months after suffering ankle ligament damage in training during the week, Roberto Mancini has confirmed.

The 23-year-old is likely to miss England’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales on March 26 and Mancini is expected to keep Shaun Wright-Phillips, who had a transfer request rejected by the club, to provide cover for the injured midfielder.

Speaking after his side’s 1-1 draw against Notts County the former Inter manager said: “This is a big problem because he is an important player.

“The injury is like the one Aleksandar Kolarov had earlier this season. We do not have another player like Adam.”

Mancini continued: “We haven’t had any offers for Wright-Phillips at this moment but it is difficult for Shaun to join another team now.

“We still have another 24 hours, so anything can happen but it probably affects it.”

Mourinho to City?

Manchester City are on alert as Jose Mourinho is set to return to the Premier League, according to MirrorFootball.

The Real Madrid manager is rumoured to be leaving the Bernabeu this summer, if not before, after a series of spats with the Madrid hierarchy and it is understood the Citizens will be interesting in acquiring the services of the former Chelsea manager.

Los Blancos are currently seven points behind Spanish champions Barcelona following a 1-0 defeat away to Osasuna.

After losing Gonzalo Higuain to injury for the next few months, Mourinho persistently pleaded to the Madrid board to bring a new striker to the club but the executives repeatedly rejected his requests before bringing Emmanuel Adebayor in on loan until the end of the season.

Mourinho and director-general Jorge Valdano are reportedly not on speaking terms and rumours have been spreading that the two-time Champions League winner could be heading back to the Premier League next season.

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