Manchester United get boost for Manchester derby due to City injury

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Manchester United fans will no doubt be amused by Manchester City's injury crisis.

Manchester City fans will be cursing their luck. They signed Martin Demichelis in central defence as cover for the injured Vincent Kompany, and yes you can guess what happened next...

In one of his first training sessions for the club, Demichelis went down clutching his knee - and he has been ruled out already for the next six weeks.

It's bad news for City, who left it right until the last minute to fix an obvious problem created by failing to replace Kolo Toure who left on a free transfer for Liverpool.

In two weeks time, City face none other than rivals Manchester United in what will only be Manuel Pellegrini and David Moyes' fifth game in charge of their respective clubs.

Having each lost a game already within the first three, the first Manchester derby of the season will be one neither side can afford to lose.

The game takes place on Sunday 22 at the Etihad, and City will likely be without captain Vincent Kompany whose current return date in October 4.

It isn't entirely impossible the Belgian's recovery schedule could speed up to take part in the game, but he is such a key player City won't necessarily want to take an unnecessary risk with.

It leaves just the recently recovered Matija Nastasic, who showed a bit of rustiness against Hull, and Joleon Lescott. City cannot afford now for anything to happen to the pair in the coming fortnight.

Otherwise Javi Garcia could be called upon again to move into defence as he did in the defeat to Cardiff, or Yaya Toure could, but his effectiveness in the centre of midfield has been proven timelessly against United, moving him back would surely be counter-productive.

Manuel Pellegrini will simply hope it is not a decision he has to make, but Demichelis' injury makes the possibility one step closer.

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