Lescott's injury could see Man City buy defensive cover in January
Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott is expected to be out of action for up to two months after being forced to undergo knee surgery.
The 27-year-old England international has had treatment to clear floating debris from his knee.
"We've lost Joleon for six to eight weeks, that is a big loss to us," said City boss Mark Hughes.
"So it doesn't leave much thinking about in terms of what we probably need in January."
Lescott, replaced by Nedum Onuoha for Wednesday's trip to Tottenham, is likely to miss the next 12 matches including the Carling Cup semi-final.
"It wasn't something that we expected this week," Hughes told BBC Sport, "but he saw the specialist in London and the decision was that he wouldn't be able to manage the injury, so it's better to get it done quickly and that's what we did.
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"Obviously that has compromised us somewhat as our personnel at the back haven't played that many games together."
Since signing from Everton in the summer, Lescott has made 18 starts.
However, as well as missing both legs of the Carling Cup semi-final with Manchester United he is likely to sit out nine Premier League games and the FA Cup trip to Middlesbrough.
He could return in time for City's home game against Liverpool on 21 February, six days before they travel to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
City will also be without defender Kolo Toure during January as he will be representing Ivory Coast at the African Nations Cup in Angola.
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