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Injured Joleon Lescott faces four to six weeks out

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Mancini expects Lescott to miss four weeks

Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott will be out for four to six weeks with a hamstring injury that could hamper his England World Cup hopes.

The 27-year-old, who signed for City from Everton for £22m in August 2009, felt a twinge while warming up before the 2-1 win at Fulham on Sunday.

City have nine Premier League games left and Lescott had hoped to earn a place in England's squad this summer.

He missed 12 games earlier in the season following a knee operation.

The news is a bitter blow for Lescott, who will miss out on the opportunity to face his former club Everton at Eastlands on Wednesday night.

606: DEBATE

Lescott, who has featured 25 times for City this season, also missed his side's 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park in January because of a knee injury.

The former Wolves player signed a five-year contract at Eastlands in August to finally end a bitter wrangle between City and Everton during which Toffees manager David Moyes called the pursuit of the player "disgusting".

And following that win Moyes said the bitterness of the Lescott saga had made victory even sweeter.

City's final two games of the season are against Tottenham on 5 May and West Ham on 9 May, both of which Lescott could feature in, depending on his recovery.

Moyes rules out catching Man City

However, England boss Fabio Capello names his provisional 35-man squad on 16 May leaving Lescott, who has nine England caps, little time to find his fitness or form.

England will play their penultimate World Cup warm-up match against Mexico at Wembley Stadium on 24 May, before facing Japan in Graz, Austria, on 30 May.

After which Capello will name his provisional World Cup finals squad of 23 players on 1 June.

The World Cup kicks off on Friday 11 June, with England's opening game against the United States on the following day.



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see also
World Cup scouting: centre-backs
23 Mar 10 |  World Cup 2010
Lescott transfer still irks Moyes
16 Jan 10 |  Everton
Everton 2-0 Man City
16 Jan 10 |  Premier League
Lescott out for up to two months
16 Dec 09 |  Man City
Lescott completes Man City move
25 Aug 09 |  Man City
Moyes slams Man City over Lescott
14 Aug 09 |  Everton
Lescott transfer request rejected
11 Aug 09 |  Everton


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