Manchester City latest: injury woe for Jovetic, summer signing excited to play with Lampard

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Manchester City are sweating over the fitness of injury-plagued striker Stefan Jovetic, after the Montenegro international limped out of his side's disappointing 0-0 draw with Liechtenstein on Thursday night with 15 minutes left.

It remains to be seen whether the move was just a precaution but, considering front man's past fitness problems, it's news which will come as a serious concern for a club short of help up top.

Arriving from Fiorentina last summer for around £22 million, Jovetic managed just three goals in 11 league appearances during the 2013-14 campaign, but got off to a hot start this season with a brace in the 3-1 home win over Liverpool.

He would suffer another setback at the start of September, however, after injuring his hamstring while with the national team, missing the next five games before returning as a substitute for the final 10 minutes of the 1-1 Champions League draw with Roma last week.

There has been positive news elsewhere on the fitness front, though, with Fernando revealing that he feels back up to full speed following his recent groin strain, after coming through the final half-hour of last weekend's 2-0 win at Aston Villa unscathed.

After starting the opening three games of the season following his £12 million summer move from Porto, the Brazilian midfielder would be forced off in the 38th-minute of the 1-0 home defeat to Stoke, missing the next six matches, but is now looking forward to establishing himself as a core contributor once again.

'I’m feeling good and I’m looking forward to contributing to the team again,' he told the club's official website. 'I’m not a good spectator. I didn’t enjoy sitting out of the games I missed so it was good to get back on the pitch at Aston Villa.

'I think the holding midfielders in our team have a very important part to play because it is our nature to attack and that can sometimes leave us open to the counter-attack.

'My job is to help our defence and provide cover when it is needed but there is more to my game and I actually think I am best when we are playing offensively - but I need more games under my belt perhaps before people see me at my best.'

Fernando also revealed his long-time admiration for loanee Frank Lampard, and is excited at the prospect of lining up alongside the Chelsea legend for the first time once the international break concludes.

'Frank Lampard has given our team an extra dimension,' he said. 'He is very experienced and he is helping us a lot and I’m really happy he’s part of our team.

'He’s a player I’ve always admired and now I am looking forward to playing alongside him in the team and maybe I can help him score more goals for us.'

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