Will Manchester City regret Negredo exit after latest injury blow?

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Manchester City allowed Alvaro Negredo to join Valencia on deadline day - and could live to regret their decision after Stevan Jovetic's injury.

Despite five signings, it was a quiet summer by Manchester City's standards. Goalkeeper Willy Caballero, right back Bacary Sagna, centre back Eliaquim Mangala as well as midfielders Fernando, Frank Lampard and Bruno Zuculini all arrived at the Etihad Stadium, as manager Manuel Pellegrini looked to add depth to his squad rather than fork out for big names after the club were hit with a £50m for failing to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.

The likes of Costel Pantilimon, Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards, Gareth Barry and Javi Garcia have all left the club this summer - but the most notable departure could be that of Alvaro Negredo. The Spanish international only joined City from Sevilla a year ago in a £16m deal, but has already returned to La Liga after joining Valencia on loan on deadline day.

Negredo, 29, hit 23 goals last season but only nine of those came in the Premier League, whilst the goals really dried up in the second half of the season as Negredo lost his place in the side to Edin Dzeko.

Then, as the new season started, Stevan Jovetic grasped his chance in the first team with two goals against Liverpool, leaving Negredo as the fourth choice striker behind Dzeko, Jovetic and Sergio Aguero.

However, Montenegrin international Jovetic has now suffered a hamstring injury whilst on international duty this weekend, and he could now miss City's trip to Arsenal this weekend - leaving Pellegrini to wonder whether he made a mistake in selling Negredo.

Argentine forward Aguero has a history of niggling muscle injuries, and whilst Nigerian youngster Kelechi Iheanacho has shown promise, he shouldn't be relied upon in such a big game. 

Some City fans were concerned when the club let both Negredo and John Guidetti leave the club, and with just two strikers fit to face Arsenal this weekend, the decision to let Negredo leave on loan looks like a poor one - even if Pellegrini has a host of options at his disposal when it comes to different systems to deal with Jovetic's injury.

Negredo's physicality would have been something for Laurent Kosielny and Per Mertesacker to think about, and whilst his goals dried up in the first half of 2014, he could still have had an impact; yet Pellegrini seemed willing to let him go for the season, which could be a huge mistake as we await news on the severity of Jovetic's injury.

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