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Man City's Jerome Boateng sidelined by aeroplane injury

Jerome Boateng
City fans will have to wait another month to see Boateng wear the shirt

Jerome Boateng must wait a month to make his Manchester City debut after aggravating an injury in a collision with an aeroplane drinks trolley.

He tore a tendon in his left knee on international duty for Germany and then hit it on a trolley on the plane home.

He faces at least a month out and cannot start proper team training until the end of September at the earliest.

"I imagined my start at City to be quite different, of course," the 22-year-old told German website Sport1.

Boateng, the younger brother of former Portsmouth player Kevin Prince Boateng, joined City from Hamburg for £12.5m before the summer's World Cup in South Africa.


But so far the only action he has managed for his new side was in a pre-season friendly.

"Even in my first game with City against Valencia (in a friendly), I had problems with the knee from the [Germany] match in Copenhagen," he said.

When he is finally able to play, Boateng will join fellow former Hamburg players Vincent Kompany and Nigel de Jong in the City ranks.

His injury means he will miss Germany's Euro 2012 qualifiers against Belgium in Brussels on 3 September and Azerbaijan in Cologne on 7 September, and he will travel to see German team doctor Dr Muller-Wohlfahrt in Munich next week for treatment.

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